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A Louis XVI gilt-bronze mounted mahogany bureau plat, stamped E. Levasseur JME, late 18th century

VAT reduced rateUK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Property of a European Private Collection

A Louis XVI gilt-bronze mounted mahogany bureau plat, stamped E. Levasseur JME, late 18th century

A Louis XVI gilt-bronze mounted mahogany bureau plat, stamped E. Levasseur JME, late 18th century

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Property of a European Private Collection

A Louis XVI gilt-bronze mounted mahogany bureau plat, stamped E. Levasseur JME, late 18th century


the rectangular top inset with a dark red leather-lined writing surface and with gilt-bronze banding, above three frieze drawers, the front back and sides with gilt-bronze panelling, the right side with a leather inset slide, raised on fluted square tapering legs with gilt-bronze sabots, stamped twice E. Levasseur JME to underside

75cm. high, 195cm. wide, 97.5cm. deep; 2ft. 5½in., 6ft. 4¾in., 3ft. 2¼in.

In overall good conserved condition. Generally the leather, gilt-bronze and mahogany with minor old marks, scuffs and scratches consistent with age and use. Later keyholes to the front drawers as there are filled holes underneath them. Some pins to the mounts missing but they all remain securely attached to the mahogany. One key. The other key seems to be stuck in the central drawer, but this could be removed by a professional if desired by the prospetive buyer.

Impressive size. Images of the stamp are available upon request to the furniture department.


"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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

Acquired by Mr. Jacques Pereire from B. FABRE & FILS, Antiquaires, Paris in February 1933;

Thence by descent to the present owner.

Considered one of the important cabinetmakers of his time, Etienne Levasseur (1721-1798) was reçu maître in 1766. Highly skilled, he became an adjudicator for his guild in 1782 and in 1785 and 1789 he supplied furniture for the Garde-Meuble Royal. Levasseur started his career as an ouvrier privilégié in the rue Faubourg-Saint-Antoine and worked almost exclusively for the marchands-merciers, producing luxury furniture using precious materials like mahogany, Japanese lacquer and Boulle marquetry. It is believed that he was apprenticed to one of André-Charles Boulle's sons and this influence is evident in the successful way he restored and manufactured pieces of Boulle marquetry furniture which explains why his stamp is found on many Louis XIV pieces which he restored.


After his death in 1798, the workshop was led by his son Pierre-Etienne and during the Restauration by his grandson Pierre-François-Henri Levasseur, called Levasseur jeune, who took over his father's business in 1823 and produced similar work into the 1830s.


A related bureau plat stamped by Etienne Levasseur, generally restrained in ornamentation and of slender form was sold at Christie's, New York, 21 November 2008, lot 71.