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A gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood, amaranth and mahogany secrétaire cartonnier, Louis XV, stamped LATZ
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A gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood, amaranth and mahogany secrétaire cartonnier, Louis XV, stamped LATZ
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A gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood, amaranth and mahogany secrétaire cartonnier, Louis XV, stamped LATZ
the upper section sliding open to reveal eight compartments, above a middle section with a fall-front opening to reveal ten drawers, two compartments and a lectern, above two doors opening to reveal a casket, two drawers and two compartments, on cabriole legs ending in foliate scrolled feet 
Haut. 215,5 cm., larg. 121 cm., prof. 45 cm. ; Height 84⅔in., width 47⅔in., depth 17¾in.
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Catalogue Note

Henry Hawley studied and researched the work of the cabinetmaker Jean-Pierre Latz, who is now considered as one of the most important ébénistes active during the reign of Louis XV, (see H. Hawley, "Jean-Pierre Latz, cabinetmaker," in The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Sept. Oct. 1970).

Jean-Pierre Latz (1691 –1754) settled in Paris in 1719 and received the patent d'ébéniste privilégié du roy before 1741, which allowed him to freely exercise his craft without having to obtain his master cabinetmaker status. His main activity was the manufacture of cabinets and cases for clocks, however, several pieces of high quality furniture were appropriately attributed to him by H. Hawley, based on the study and the approximation of the gilt-bronze mounts. Whilst his style is very Rococo with lavish inlays and lively shapes and scrolls, the more symmetrical feel of the marquetry on the present piece points to it belong to the latter part of his oeuvre.

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