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A French Régence brass inlaid ebonised and varnished bronze bureau plat, attributed to François Lieutaud, circa 1720
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A French Régence brass inlaid ebonised and varnished bronze bureau plat, attributed to François Lieutaud, circa 1720
Estimate
100,000150,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Style : Mobilier, Objets d’art et Orfèvrerie

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A French Régence brass inlaid ebonised and varnished bronze bureau plat, attributed to François Lieutaud, circa 1720
opening with three drawers, the lateral mascarons added in the 19th century
Haut. 80 cm, larg. 195 cm, prof. 95 cm, height 31 1/2  in, width 76 3/4  in, depth 37 1/3  in
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Provenance

Purchased by the present owner in the 1960s

Literature

Related litterature:

H. Ottomeyer, Die Möbel der Residenz München, vol. 3, Munich, 1995
A. Pradère, Les ébénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Paris, 1989

Catalogue Note

Our bureau plat is almost identical to those stamped FL by François Lieutaud at the Ansbach Residenz and those without any stamp actually kept in the King's bedroom at the Bamberg Residenz (see H. Ottomeyer ibid. p. 49-52). The gilt-bronze mounts are similar, especially the handles that we also found on several pieces stamped Lieutaud :

- A pair of commodes kept at the Residenz in Munich

- A commode, sold Sotheby's New York, 20 October 2018, lot 1155

The only different thing is the ornament on both sides of the frieze. Our ornament was replaced in 19th century and might be correspond to the mask found in the two German desks. A desk close to these pieces is kept at the Bayerisches Museum in Munich and it could be a German production, after a Parisian model. We also know other desks very similar to ours, but with different gilt-bronze mounts:

- A desk stamped NG for Noël Gérard at the Toledeo Museum of Art

- A desk illustrated in the Duchess of Maine music room at the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal in Paris (reproduced in Belles demeures de Paris, 1977, p.53)

François Lieutaud

François Lieutaud, grandfather of the famous clockmaker Balthazar Lieutaud, was born in Marseille circa 17665 into a family of sculptors. He was received master circa 1710, had a son, Charles Lieutaud, who settled in Saint-Jean-de-Latran (Paris) where he was joined by his father. François met André-Charles Boulle, he cites as a personal expert during a trial circa 1719. Like André-Charles Boulle, he made himself its gilt-bronze ornaments, known for the quality of gilding and chasing.

Style : Mobilier, Objets d’art et Orfèvrerie

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Paris