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PROPERTY OF A GERMAN PRINCELY FAMILY

A Belgian gilt-bronze-mounted flame mahogany bureau cabinet stamped HDB=LB A GAND, (Ghent)
second quarter 19th century
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PROPERTY OF A GERMAN PRINCELY FAMILY

A Belgian gilt-bronze-mounted flame mahogany bureau cabinet stamped HDB=LB A GAND, (Ghent)
second quarter 19th century
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A Belgian gilt-bronze-mounted flame mahogany bureau cabinet stamped HDB=LB A GAND, (Ghent)
second quarter 19th century
the upper section with a pair of mirrored doors opening to reveal the reverse of the doors with later pleated silk enclosing a shelf above three frieze drawers and a roll-top opening to reveal a fitted interior with seven drawers, a pigeon hole with a mirrored back flanked by four columns concealing secret compartments above a pull-out baize-lined writing slide, a further frieze drawer with compartments and a pair of cupboard doors enclosing three drawers flanked by demi-columns
238cm. high, 142cm. wide, 72.5cm. deep; 7ft.9in., 4ft.7½in., 2ft.4in.
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Catalogue Note

The initials HDB=LB are the mark of the cabinet-maker and furniture retailer Heddebaut-Labaere who was active in Ghent. Little is known about this Belgian cabinetmaker, however, he is mentioned in the 'Ebénisterie' section of "La Belgique Industrielle", the catalogue published by Louis Hauman for the exhibition of Belgian industry products in 1835. The piece is very much executed in the manner of Jean-Joseph Chapuis (1765-1864), the most important Belgian furniture maker during the Empire period. Chapuis is most well known for good quality mahogany pieces and he supplied a wide variety of pieces to the royal castle of Laeken from 1806 onwards (D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIXe Siècle 1795-1889, Paris, 1989, pp. 118-121). Furthermore, the mounts on this piece are of particularly fine quality.

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