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A French 18th century Louis XVI period mahogany and ormolu desk/writing table, signed C. Mauter

List: $19,500.00

A French 18th century Louis XVI period mahogany and ormolu desk/writing table, signed C. Mauter

List: $19,500.00

A very high quality French 18th century Louis XVI period mahogany and ormolu desk/writing table, signed C. Mauter. The desk is raised by elegant circular tapered fluted legs with fine fitted ormolu sabots and richly chased fitted foliate chandelles. Above... — Read More

  • Item # 4059
  • H: 29 in L: 33 in D: 20 in

    H: 74 cm L: 84 cm D: 51 cm

  • France
  • 18th Century
  • Mahogany, Ormolu
  • Louis XVI Period Read More
  • (Louis XVI Period) - Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution. Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism. King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks. Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins. Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
  • Conrad Mauter Read More
  • (1742-1810) Born in Germany, but emigrated to Paris in 1765 where he became a master cabinetmaker. Mauter aka Motaire, was cabinetmaker to the Comte d’Artois, brother to King Charles X. One of the most prolific producers of furniture at many royal homes and castles, but subsequently much destroyed during the revolution. Mauter continued to manufacture, notably tables of all kinds, and his business was still prosperous after his death.
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