Lot 29
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A fine engraved brass and red tortoiseshell inlay ebony and ebonized bureau Mazarin France or England, mid 19th century

12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • tortoiseshell, ebonized wood
  • height 31 in.; width 58 in.; depth 31 1/2 in.
  • 79 cm; 147.5 cm; 80 cm
the knee hole flanked on each side by three drawers, the desk centered by a single drawer

Catalogue Note

The first bureau Mazarin is thought to have been delivered by the cabinet maker Pierre Gole (1620-1684) to the crown in 1669. It was not until the 19th century, however, that the term Mazarin came into existence, named after Cardinal Mazarin, minister under the infancy of Louis XIV. However it is doubtful that the Cardinal ever commissioned any such piece, as his death in 1661 would have been too premature for the development of this type of bureau.