A rare Mazarin middle desk with "Boulle" marquetry in brass, tortoiseshell and finely engraved pewter.
It presents the rich and sumptuous composition of a harmonious play of interlacing, fleurons, tendrils, floral vases and mantling.
The flat front is composed of seven drawers, two pedestals and a central recessed door.
It stands on eight inlaid legs, topped with an Ionic capital and finished with small brass and blackened wood spinning tops. They are joined together four by four with two openworked ixes spacers with an oval in their centre.
The amaranth reverse shows a marquetry with the same finesse of motifs. This discreet decoration allows this desk to be presented "in the middle", having the same visitor function as the future flat desk.
Characteristics of the inlaid parts
- The tray, surrounded by an ebony border, is entirely inlaid with foliage, bouquets of flowers in spandrels, acanthus and tendrils.
- The drawers of the pedestals: the upper drawer and the lower drawer have identical marquetry, while the marquetry of the intermediate drawer differs in composition. The absence of lock entries does not interrupt the skilful decoration of the marquetry.
- All edges of the frame structure are inlaid.
- The leaf of the central door: it offers a variation of decoration, introducing the mantling with a floral vase.
- The side parts: a symmetrical composition of acanthus trees in a setting of flowers, foliated foliage and arabesques.
Parisian work from the last third of the 17th century, circa 1670 - 1680.
Dimensions : Height : 80,5 cm - Width : 116 cm - Depth : 68 cm
32 500 €
25 000 €