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A Louis XV gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood, amaranth and satiné bureau plat à gradin, stamped J.F. LELEU, circa 1765-1770
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A Louis XV gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood, amaranth and satiné bureau plat à gradin, stamped J.F. LELEU, circa 1765-1770
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A Louis XV gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood, amaranth and satiné bureau plat à gradin, stamped J.F. LELEU, circa 1765-1770
applied with "à la Grecque" pattern and ornaments, the frieze with two drawers, the gradin comprising three cases, the sides partly hedged
Haut. 91 cm, larg. 113 cm, prof. 75 cm ; height 35 3/4 in; width 44 1/2 in; depth 29 1/2 in
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Catalogue Note

This piece of furniture is similar to a group of small Neoclassical desks characterized by a Greek fretwork frieze of marquetry and derived from the "bureau à la grec", a model delivered in 1765 by the decorative arts dealer, Philippe Poirier, to the comte de Coventry (see S. Eriksen, Early neo-classicism in France, London, 1974, 317, and A. Pradère, "Les achats parisiens du comte de Coventry" in L'Estampille-L'Objet d'art, no. 303, June 1996, p. 50). On these desks, we note mainly the stamps from the cabinetmakers René Dubois and Philippe-Claude Montigny, who collaborated frequently, and only once collaborated with Jean-François Leleu (sold Sotheby's Monaco, 14 December 1996, lot 88).

However, our desk is distinguished by its tier and a more airy drawing on the frieze. The drapery cascades are found on another bureau à la grecque, with a slightly different frieze, made by Montigny and illustrated in A. Pradère, Les Ebénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Paris, 1989, p. 306, fig. 344.

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