189
189
Mercier Frères
A LOUIS XVI STYLE GILT BRONZE MOUNTED AND EN GRISAILLE DECORATED SECRÉTAIRE À ABATTANT IN THE MANNER OF RENÉ DUBOIS

France, circa 1900

Estimate
10,00015,000
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189
Mercier Frères
A LOUIS XVI STYLE GILT BRONZE MOUNTED AND EN GRISAILLE DECORATED SECRÉTAIRE À ABATTANT IN THE MANNER OF RENÉ DUBOIS

France, circa 1900

Estimate
10,00015,000
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Mercier Frères
A LOUIS XVI STYLE GILT BRONZE MOUNTED AND EN GRISAILLE DECORATED SECRÉTAIRE À ABATTANT IN THE MANNER OF RENÉ DUBOIS

France, circa 1900

surmounted by a brèche violette marble top, a few bronze mounts have been removed to reveal the mark CC and four-digit numbers, the loop handles also marked CC, the interior of one drawer with the Mercier Frères metal tag, opening to a walnut interior fitted with five compartments and four drawers. 


height 56 1/4 in.; width 35 in.; depth 15 3/4 in.
143 cm; 89 cm; 40 cm
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Catalogue Note

The en grisaille technique is a method of painting executed entirely in monochrome, using various shades of olive, grey, or buff tints, to represent objects in relief. It is rare to see this type of decoration interpreted by the 19th century admirers of important 18th century furniture. The designs were sometimes painted on friezes and medallions on 18th and 19th century furniture and paneling, to give an illusion of depth and carving. A related commode en demi-lune attributed to Dubois is in the collection of Alice Charlotte von Rothschild in the sitting room at Waddesdon Manor (see: Waddesdon Manor, The Heritage Of A Rothschiild House , Buckinghamshire, 2002, p. 189).

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