This fine pair of meubles d’appui closely relates to the doors of an armoire by André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) in contre-partie now in the Wallace collection (inv. no. F429), featuring similar scrolling mounts set with satyr marks, whilst the marquetry arabesques and foliage found on its upper part recall the back panel of a pedestal clock case attributed to Boulle and also in the Wallace Collection (inv. no. F42).
Although a combination of at least two of the master's designs, this type of meuble d'appui is singularly pure in its Louis XIV style, as opposed to more flamboyant Napoleon III creations also incorporating Boulle marquetry, and well reflects the renewed interest in the masterpieces of France's golden age under the Roi Soleil which resulted in exact replicas being made, from the mid-19th century, for some of the most distinguished private collectors of the day.
Another pair sold these Rooms, 12 May 2015, lot 49 (£50,000).
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