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18th Mazarin lacquered desk in imitation of Boulle marquetry
18th Mazarin lacquered desk in imitation of Boulle marquetry - Furniture Style Louis XIV 18th Mazarin lacquered desk in imitation of Boulle marquetry - 18th Mazarin lacquered desk in imitation of Boulle marquetry - Louis XIV Antiquités - 18th Mazarin lacquered desk in imitation of Boulle marquetry
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Period :
18th century
Medium :
French Martin varnish
Dimensions :
l. 39.37 inch X H. 30.59 inch X P. 22.64 inch
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18th Mazarin lacquered desk in imitation of Boulle marquetry

Bureau Mazarin in lacquer in imitation of the Boulle marquetry, Louis XIV period.

Rare desk opening with seven drawers and a leaf and resting on arched feet ending in deer hooves.
Middle model with double-sided decoration imitating Boulle marquetry in the first part of brass inlays cut on ebony background.
The tray adorned with a golden red leather with small irons is framed with decorated bands, all encircled by an ingot mold in gilded wood finely carved with acanthus.
The rear side simulates the same composition of drawers and nests as the front side.
Fir frame for the funds, linden wood for the golden and decorated parts.

Perfect condition, original key and locks.

French work from the end of the Louis XIV period around 1710 attributable to the workshop of Jacques Langlois or Guillaume Martin in Paris.

Our office is part of a small group of furniture pasticizing the Boulle marquetry and manufactured in the first decade of the 18th century.
If the first goal of the varnishers and to imitate the oriental lacquers of China and Japan, very quickly they realize the limitless extent that allows the mastery of this technique.
We will then create decorations in imitation of Boulle marquetry, but also decorations with characters from the "comédie del arte" then later decorations in the style of François Boucher, Oudry or Pillement, which will make the famous famous varnish Martin.
But back to our group of furniture of the greatest rarity.
In fact, to our knowledge, only two dressers adopting this technique are known: the first has gone into the Parisian trade, it is illustrated on page 94 of the book by Thibaut Wolvesperges "French furniture in lacquer in the 18th century"; the second belongs to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris inventory number 51394; it is illustrated on page 41 of the book "The secrets of French lacquer, Martin varnish".
These two dressers with very sober lines date from the end of the Louis XIV period around 1710, their decor is in all respects similar to the productions of the same period.
The engravings used come from collections of Jean Berain (1640-1711).
The loss of the spacer on the Mazarin desks around 1710 is another indication allowing us to date our furniture with certainty.
As on the chest of drawers of the Museum of Decorative Arts, the tray of which simulates black and gold portor marble, our desk does not include gilded bronzes.
Ingot mold, clogs and keyholes being in gilded wood to create a perfect illusion.
This desk is therefore in addition to being the only one known to date, the best preserved, the one that adopts the most beautiful decor and this on four sides.
From a private collection in the South of France, he has probably traveled very little.
No other model being known to date, we can just cite the Mazarin desk illustrated on page 37 of the book "French lacquer".
This desk, part of the Bernard Steinitz collection, has a Chinese decor which, combined with the spacer, places it in the first years of the 18th century around 1700.
Highlighted during the "BBS a tribute" sale at sotheby's on June 30, 2016 under number 31. (sold 68,750 euros with fees)

Attribution to Jacques Langlois or Guillaume martin:

These are the two largest Parisian workshops making imitations of oriental lacquer, the archives shed light on the functioning of their workshops.

We know today that in 1713 Guillaume Martin hired the engraver Antoine Bercy to "engrave on Verny subjects of metamorphoses which are provided to him by the said Martin", subject which shows that very early the workshop emancipates from oriental subjects .

Jacques Langlois varnisher at the faubourg St Antoine takes over the workshop from his father Mathieu, his inventory after death includes dozens of pieces varnished in the taste of China.
But his proximity to Jean Bérain with whom he co-signed the marriage contract of his niece Geneviève Titon suggests that he too produced pieces in the style of Bérain.

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Desk & Secretaire Louis XIV