A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
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Property from the Estate of Susan S. Dillon

A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Susan S. Dillon

A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 USD

Lot Sold:35,000USD

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Estate of Susan S. Dillon

A SMALL LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED CITRONNIER AND AMARANTH BUREAU PLAT BY GODEFROY DESTER, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY


stamped G. DESTER JME

Godefroy Dester (d. 1805) maître in 1774

height 28 in.; width 37 ½ in.; depth 19 ½ in.

71.1 cm; 95.3 cm; 49.5 cm






Condition Report

Veneers in good condition and nice color with scattered marks, scuffs, and small patches. One leg with a very small area (approx. 1.5 cm) of veneer lifting. Gilt bronze mounts with slight rubbing and tarnishing to gilding. And slight warping in places, but nothing distracting. Top with old repaired horizontal age splits and a newer horizontal age split across its length. Would benefit from restoration and requires the leather to be replaced. Past sale documents (1944 sale catalogue and 1875 auction invoice) will be remitted to purchaser.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

 NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Cataloguing

Provenance

By repute, the Princesse de Lamballe, given by her to Etienne de Joly (1756-1837)

By descent to Madame Champeaux, sold by her granddaughter Madame Chesneau, Bureau et Salle de Vente des Commissaires-Priseurs, Reims, 4 February 1875

Etude Ader, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 20 December 1944, lot 57

C. Douglas Dillon (1909-2003), New York, before 1968

Literature

Jean Nicolay, L'art et la manière des maîtres ébénistes (Paris 1976), p. 149 fig. F (illustrated)

Catalogue Note

Dester ran a flourishing workshop in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, initially producing late Louis XV and Transitional pieces veneered with Chinese lacquer or marquetry designs of flowers and utensils and later adopting the more classical Louis XVI, using high quality mahogany veneers or trellis parquetry designs.


This desk is first recorded on the market en suite with a commode and secrétaire at an 1875 auction in Reims, and the original invoice is annotated with a note stating the furniture came from the Princesse de Lamballe:


Ces Meubles proviennent à Mme Chesneau vendeuse de sa grand-mère Mme Chambaud [?] en Ières noces et Mme Champeaux en secondes noces, laquelle était fille naturelle de M. de Joly, ministre de Louis XVI, avocat et ami de Mme la Princesse de Lamballe, qui lui avait donné ces meubles


Born in Turin, Princess Marie-Louise Thérèse of Savoy-Carignan (1749-1792) was married in 1767 to Louis Alexandre de Bourbon-Penthièvre, Prince de Lamballe, grandson of Louis XIV's legitimized son the Comte de Toulouse and heir to one of the largest fortunes in France. He died one year later, and the widowed Princess became a confidante and lady-in-waiting to Marie-Antoinette. As such she was imprisoned during the Revolution and perished at the hands of the mob during the September Massacres of 1792. The lawyer Etienne de Joly served as counsel to King Louis XVI and was the last Minister of Justice in 1792 before the abolition of the monarchy. The group of furniture could well have been given to him by the Princesse de Lamballe as payment for services or for safekeeping - she had fled France for England briefly between June and October 1791 - and the suite then passed to his daughter Madame Champeaux.

STYLE: Furniture, Silver, Ceramics
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