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French 19th century, circa 1860, Louis XVI st. Bureau Plat

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A stunning and very high quality French 19th century, circa 1860, Louis XVI st. ebonized fruitwood, black lacquer and ormolu, Bureau Plat, possibly by Beurdeley. The desk is raised by four square tapered legs with cut angles and brass filets... — Read More

  • Item # 5179
  • H: 29.5 in L: 47 in D: 25.25 in

    H: 75 cm L: 119 cm D: 64 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Ebonized Fruitwood, Ormolu
  • Louis XVI st. Read More
  • (Louis XVI st.) - 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.
  • Alfred Emmanuel Louis Beurdeley Read More
  • A Parisian cabinetmaker who specialized in the manufacture of luxurious French furnishings. Much admired for his 19th-century interpretations of Louis XV designs, his extraordinary works earned him a Gold Medal at the Paris Exhibition Universelle of 1889. He specialized in high-quality, 18th-century revivals of Louis XV and Louis XIV-style furnishings. Beurdeley exhibited his works at the International Exposition of 1870, the Amsterdam Exposition of 1883, and the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889. Beurdeley made an indelible mark on the history of 19th-century French furnishing; His creations remain among the finest of the period.
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