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A Russian neoclassical tulipwood, mahogany and brass inlaid bureau à cylindre, early 19th century
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A Russian neoclassical tulipwood, mahogany and brass inlaid bureau à cylindre, early 19th century
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A Russian neoclassical tulipwood, mahogany and brass inlaid bureau à cylindre, early 19th century
the top with two drawers, the roll-top opening to reveal five drawers, four shelves, a small glazed cylinder and a writing slide veneered with boxwood and Brazilian rosewood, above two frieze drawers, on tapering legs
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Provenance

Antonacci Efrati Gallery, Rome

Catalogue Note

This desk is a perfect illustration of late-eighteenth century Russian furniture inspired by what was being produced in France at the time.  French furniture of this type was strongly influenced by the works of David Roentgen (1743–1807), who frequently visited Saint Petersburg between 1783 and 1791 and was commissioned by Empress Catherine II to furnish the Imperial palaces. The representation of a similar and privately owned desk, displaying vertical brass strips to the cylinder, is illustrated in Venäläisiä Huonekaluja, Russian Furniture, Lahti, 1998, no. 25, p. 123. A comparable bureau, featuring a roll top lifting to reveal two smaller glass cylinders, was sold in New York by Sotheby’s on June 9, 2014 (lot 253). Another, similar desk from the Ariane Dandois Collection was sold Sotheby’s (lot 304) in New York on October 25, 2007.

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