View 1 of Lot 177. A MATCHED PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND CHINESE LACQUER BIBLIOTHÈQUES BY JEAN-CHARLES AND CLAUDE-CHARLES SAUNIER, CIRCA 1765.
View 1 of Lot 177. A MATCHED PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND CHINESE LACQUER BIBLIOTHÈQUES BY JEAN-CHARLES AND CLAUDE-CHARLES SAUNIER, CIRCA 1765.
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A MATCHED PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND CHINESE LACQUER BIBLIOTHÈQUES BY JEAN-CHARLES AND CLAUDE-CHARLES SAUNIER, CIRCA 1765

Estimate:

60,000 - 100,000 USD

Property from a Private Connecticut Collection

A MATCHED PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND CHINESE LACQUER BIBLIOTHÈQUES BY JEAN-CHARLES AND CLAUDE-CHARLES SAUNIER, CIRCA 1765

A MATCHED PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND CHINESE LACQUER BIBLIOTHÈQUES BY JEAN-CHARLES AND CLAUDE-CHARLES SAUNIER, CIRCA 1765

Estimate:

60,000 - 100,000 USD

Property from a Private Connecticut Collection

A MATCHED PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND CHINESE LACQUER BIBLIOTHÈQUES BY JEAN-CHARLES AND CLAUDE-CHARLES SAUNIER, CIRCA 1765


one stamped IC SAUNIER JME; the other stamped twice C.C.SAUNIER; minor variations to size, upper and base mouldings and veneer design

Jean-Charles Saunier, maître in 1743

Claude-Charles Saunier (1735-1807), maître in 1752

height 82 ½ in.; width 60 in.; depth 16 in.

209.5 cm; 152.4 cm; 40.6 cm

François Léage, Paris 

Son of the ébéniste Charles Saunier, active during the Regence and early Louis XV periods, Jean-Charles Saunier took over his father's workshop in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine and was active until the mid-1760s, aided by his own son, the better-known Claude-Charles, who had become a master in 1752 but only registered his maîtrise with the guild in 1765 upon assuming control of the family atelier. Both bookcases are in a late Louis XV style, suggesting the one stamped by the father may have still been in the workshop inventory at the time of his death, and the second possibly an unfinished work completed by Claude-Charles to form a near pair.