Chest of drawers called "sauteuse", curved on three sides, veneered with tulipwood and kingwood, reserves of kingwood in quartefeuille on the three sides, opening by two drawers in frontage on two rows.
It has a splendid ornamentation of finely chiseled and gilded bronzes and is topped with a very beautiful marble molded in corbin beak.
Stamp of Jacques BIRCKLÉ (master on July 30, 1764), supplier of the Crown.
Recognized for its qualities as an inlayer, BIRCKLÉ gives all the measure of its talent in the superb veneers of this chest of drawers, the choice of essences and the beauty of its patterns in butterfly wings. The quality of the bronze trim, both in terms of its carving and gilding, is beyond reproach.
Very good original condition.
BIRCKLÉ, Jacques (1734 - 1803, master in 1764), supplier of the Garde-meuble de la Couronne during the reign of LOUIS XVI.
Born in 1734, Jacques BIRCKLÉ was first a free worker on rue de Charenton in Paris before became Master on July 30, 1764, settling in rue Saint-Nicolas.
A talented inlayer, BIRCKLÉ adapts to changing styles with ease, producing Louis XV style furniture with elegant curves and refined bronzes, Transition pieces with spectacular trompe l'oeil decorations such as flower vases, urns , draperies, music trophies, various attributes, landscapes, antique scenes... which will triumph with neoclassicism Louis XVI and make his fame.
He became a supplier of the Garde-meuble de la Couronne during the reign of LOUIS XVI. He produced numerous works for the service des Enfants de France, the Duke d'ORLEANS, the Marquis d'AUMONT, the Viscount de CALONNE, the Princesses de TINGRY and Princess de LAMBALLE. In 1787 he delivered several satinwood chests of drawers, with ormolu gilt ornaments, for the apartments of Queen MARIE-ANTOINETTE at the Château de Saint-Cloud, two chests of drawers for the Countess de PROVENCE in Versailles and actively helped furnish the Madame ÉLISABETH's pavilion in Grand-Montreuil.
When he died in 1803, his son took over his workshop, which still existed in 1825.
MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
• MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS, PARIS – "Table à toutes fins" – Louis XVI style, Paris, last third of the 18th century.
• MUSÉE COGNACQ-JAY, PARIS – "Table à écrire" – Paris, circa 1780.
• MUSÉE PASTEUR, PARIS – "Secrétaire plaqué de frisages" – Louis XVI style, Paris, 18th century.
• PETIT PALAIS, MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE LA VILLE DE PARIS, PARIS – "Commode" – plan en demi-lune, Paris, between 1775 and 1780.
• MUSÉE LAMBINET, VERSAILLES – "Commode Transition à deux tiroirs" – circa 1775.
• MUSÉE LAMBINET, VERSAILLES – "Commode « en tombeau »" – Louis XV style, second half of the 18th century.
• CASTLE, LA MOTTE-TILLY – "Secrétaire à abattant" – (att.) décor de vases fleuris et paysages, Paris, 4th quarter of the 18th century
• HOUSE OF GEORGES SAND, NOHANT-VIC – "Commode" – Paris, 1780.
• EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD FOUNDATION, SAINT-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT – "Table de salon" – Louis XV style.
• MUSÉE HENRI BARRÉ, THOUARS – "Commode en tombeau" – Louis XV style, second quarter of the 18th century.
• BEMBERG FOUNDATION, TOULOUSE – "Commode" – second half of the 18th century.
• VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDRES – "Dressing table" – Veneered in tulipwood and other exotic woods to form panels of cube marquetry, on a carcase of oak and pine, Paris, 1765-1770, former collection Lord Stuart de Rothesay, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in France.
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