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A fabulous gilt-bronze mounted brass and tortoiseshell inlaid ebony bureau plat

Constructed in ebony with arabesque foliate cut brass inlays, with premiere-partie panels set with tortoiseshell grounds and brass inlay work, and having extensive fine quality ormolu mounts; rising from animal paw sabots, mounted with female masks at the shoulders; the apron housing three drawers, with faux drawers to the obverse, the central drawers set with a Bacchic mask issuing foliates, the platform of serpentine form, having a brass guard edge, and inset with a gilt tooled morocco leather. Stamped to the carcass ‘BF’ and ‘Gros’.

French, Circa 1870


Denise Ledoux-Lebard’s ‘Le Mobilier Français du XIXe Siecle’. Published by les Editions de l’Amateur, 2000, lists a Benjamin Gros, whose enterprise amalgamated with the noted ebeniste Winckelsen in 1871; Gros had received an honourable mention for his ‘Boulle’ furniture in the Exposition Universelle in 1855.

Seymour de Ricci, Batsford 1929 ‘Louis XIV and Regence Furniture’ pp 123

Paul Getty Catalogue of the Los Angeles Getty Museum pub 2003 ‘French Furniture & Bronzes of the Louis X12vth and Regence periods’.


H: 31.5 in / 80 cm W: 61 in / 154 cm D: 33 in / 84 cm

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