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A Louis XVI 18th c. Chinese lacquer secretaire by L. Foureau
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Period :
18th century
Artist :
Louis Foureau
Provenance :
France, Paris
Medium :
Chinese lacquer, European lacquer
Dimensions :
l. 39.76 inch X H. 54.72 inch X P. 14.96 inch
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A Louis XVI 18th c. Chinese lacquer secretaire by L. Foureau

Important secretaire opening with a fall-front at the top and two doors in the lower part.
The fall-front is adorned with a black leather, reveals a theater veneered in satinwood, consisting of four open compartments and six black lacquer drawers..
The front has a rich polychrome lacquer decoration depicting characters and animals in mountainous and river landscapes.
The sides and cut-off corners are decorated with European lacquer featuring birds perched in branches.
Beautiful ornamentation of original bronzes, finely chiselled and mercury gilt.
Original gray and pink marble top.

Stamped L.Foureau and "JME" on the right front post.

Very good original condition.
Parisian work of Louis XVI period around 1780.

Dimensions:
Height: 139 cm; Width: 101 cm; Depth: 38 cm


Louis Foureau cabinetmaker received master in Paris on November 27, 1755.
Louis Foureau settled on rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis where he worked for more than thirty years and specialized in European lacquered furniture imitating Chinese lacquerware with a black background. Its furniture, mainly of Transition or Louis XVI style, classics, with elegant proportions, are decorated with Chinese landscapes, pagodas, animals or various scenes inspired by the Far East. We can also mention some beautiful works decorated with marquetry.

Our opinion:

Unlike the majority of Louis Foureau's productions, the decor our secretaire is not entirely in European lacquer.
Indeed, the front of our furniture is luxuriously applied Chinise lacquer panels.
These panels, cut and thinned, come from a screen dating from the end of the reign of Emperor Kangxi around 1700-1720.
The richness and density of the decoration, with its bamboos, banana trees, animals and polychrome with heightened red, is typical of South China productions and more particularly of the city of Canton.
This large center specialized in the design of lacquerware adressed for export to Europe.
The original theme of our screen is marriage, symbolized by butterflies (beauty and indissoluble love), fish (fertility, marital harmony), hinds (happiness, luck and longevity) and ducks (fidelity).
These panels of "old lakes", extremely expensive and very sought after, were provided to cabinetmakers by Parisian marchands-merciers.
These marchands supervised the design of these special furniture, made only on request for high nobility.
More than just a piece of furniture, our secretaire is a work of art, combining Chinese ancestral tradition and Parisian cabinetmaking.
It perfectly reflects the taste for the Far East prevailing in Paris throughout the 18th century.

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