A Royal French Louis XV kingwood, tulipwood, sycamore and parquetry inlaid meuble d'entrée,
c.1760, made for Château de Fontainebleau, possibly by Simon or Jean-François Oeben, of serpentine shape, the brèche d'Alep marble top bearing a painted inventory number to the underside, above a pair of doors enclosing a shelf, over a shaped apron and raised on squat cabriole supports, with all-over later gilt metal mounts, stamped 'E. LEVASSEUR JME' twice to the top of the carcass,
Provenance: Sotheby's, 'The Dimitri Mavrommatis Collection: Important French Furniture and Sevres Porcelain from the Chester Square Residence, London', 8 July 2008, lot 16;
Sotheby’s New York, 'Château de Fontainebleau', 20 November 1993, lot 249;
Farm House, Farm Street, Mayfair, London.
This cabinet was ordered and delivered for the use of King Louis XVI in Fontainebleau. The order was number 265, on 16 October 1786, and is mentioned in the bill of the Marchand-Mercier Dominique Daguerre, 'Pour le café du Roy-Daguerre une commode à deux vantaux fermant à clé de trois pieds de long d'ancienne marqueterie représentant des cubes l'un sur l'autre avec dessus de marbre brèche d'Alep 120' (Bibliothèque Nationale of France, Ms Fr. 7817 fol.35).
The underside of the marble top shows the inventory number 53 beneath a Royal Crown, bearing the letter F to denote the Château de Fontainebleau. The piece is described in the inventory of the garde-robe des seigneurs taken in 1787:
No 53: 'un bas d'armoire de marqueterie plaquée en mosaique de bois rose, violette sur fond gris ouvrant à deux vantaux, une tablette de dedans, entrée, agrafe et sabots de bronze doré, dessus de marbre brèche d'Alep de 3 pieds de large 18 de profondeur'.
Etienne Levasseur received Master 1766. His signature on a piece of furniture such as this, which is not in his usual style, may indicate that this piece was restored by him rather than one of his production.
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Sold for £23,000
Light scratches to the marble, with some small chips to edges. One larger area of loss to back edge of marble. Hard lacquer varnish to the parquetry surface. Shelf possibly later. Evidence of the lock being later. Mounts later as catalogued. General wear commensurate with age. Some splits, lifting and losses to veneer. Evidence of repair and restoration, some of which was possibly carried out by Etienne Levasseur. Shelf split and appears in need of attention. Joints solid.
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Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale - Live Online, Tue, 29th Jun 2021
We are delighted to present a selection of highlights from our second Fine Interiors sale of 2021, featuring over 750 lots of furniture, works of art, paintings and silver that demonstrate the very best in classical and contemporary furnishings.
Leading the sale will be the selected contents from the historic London property, Farm House, Farm Street, Mayfair, including an impressive Royal Louis XV meuble d'entrée made for the King at Château de Fontainebleau. Other collections featured in the sale include those from Folly Mill, Thaxted, Rivenhall Place, Essex, and Barrington Hall, Essex, offering a wide-ranging sale to suit variety of tastes and styles.
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