T his elegant, refined, and precise collection demonstrates a certain penchant for creations which pay tribute to the craftsman’s skill and ingenuity without ostentation.
This connoisseur knew how to spot in auctions the artifacts that would enrich his collection. The furniture and objects chosen with discernment were the result of a slow reflection bereft of compulsive buying.
The entirety evokes a definite inclination, distinct yet benevolent. There is no desire to dazzle, but rather a serene invitation to share a deep passion with those who understand and appreciate it.
18th Century Furniture from the Greatest Artisans of the Era
This collection features beautiful tapestries dating from the early 16th century to the middle of the 18th century.
The cabinet is possibly described in the sale of Mr Robit on 11 May 1801, lot 337 : « Un meuble à hauteur d’appui, ouvrant à un battant, dont le milieu, de laque noir, offre un vase rempli de fleurs en or de relief, avec encadrements de moulures et pilastres sur les angles ; les panneaux de retour aussi en laque, enrichis d’une corniche de divers ornemens et à rebords, avec dessus en marbre lumachelle ». The description of the auction catalogue could correspond to the lacquer cabinet.
Mr Robit was a celebrated amateur and collector in Paris. The catalogue describes an important collection of paintings, sculpture, mounted porcelains and furniture, amongst them some Boulle pieces.