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A gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood and kingwood mechanical bureau à cylindre, probably Swedish, circa 1770
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A gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood and kingwood mechanical bureau à cylindre, probably Swedish, circa 1770
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Details & Cataloguing

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A gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood and kingwood mechanical bureau à cylindre, probably Swedish, circa 1770
the cylinder opening to reveal a writing slide and six drawers above two frieze drawers, the sides with two pull-outs, the back with a folding shelf, raised on cabriole legs on castors; applied overall with gilt-bronze leaves
Haut. 108 cm, larg. 95 cm, prof. 58 cm
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Provenance

Franco di Castro Gallery, Rome

Literature

Related literature :

T. Sylven, Mästarnas Möbler, Stockohlmsarbeten 1700-1850, Stockholm, 1996, p.99
« Le Soleil et l'Etoile du Nord » in Connaissance des Arts, avril 1994, pp. 78-85.

Catalogue Note

This is a perfect example of the Swedish monarchs' inclination for the elegance and splendour of Versailles throughout the eighteenth century. This passion for the French style reached its pinnacle during the reign of Gustave III (1771–1792). Enlightened Francophile, friend of Louis XV, then of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, he commissioned Sweden's most talented artisans.

This desk is in many ways similar to the sécrétaire of 1773, signed by Niclas Eckstein (made Master Craftsmen in 1758) and illustrated in T. Sylven, Mästarnas Möbler. Stockohlmsarbeten 1700–1850, Stockholm, 1996, p. 99.). The parquetry, the small tier at the top, the virtuosity with which the drawers were cut to perfectly follow the apron, and the finesse of the gilt-bronze mounts are some of the most noticeable similar elements. In addition, the ingenuity of the mechanism and the diversity with which the bureau can potentially be used, attest to remarkable expertise, comparable with German productions such as those by David Roentgen.

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