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French 19th century Louis XVI st. Bureau Plat, signed Befort Jeune

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A spectacular and important French mid 19th century Louis XVI st. ebony and ormolu Bureau Plat, signed Befort Jeune. The rectangular bureau is raised by topie feet below handsome circular fluted legs with concave brass filets with ormolu chandelles, and... — Read More

  • Item # 5576
  • H: 31.25 in L: 47.75 in D: 26 in

    H: 79 cm L: 121 cm D: 66 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Ebony, 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.
  • Befort Jeune - Mathieu Befort Read More
  • Mathieu Befort (1813-1880) aka Befort Jeune - 'Young Befort", was a renowned Parisian cabinet maker, son of Jean-Baptiste Befort (died 1840), who established his Paris workshops in 1817 in the Faubourg Saint Honoré. The firm received a medal at the 1844 Exposition Des Produits de L'industrie Francaise. Later Befort Jeune was recorded working at Rue Neuve-Saint-Gilles between 1844-1880. The high quality of his work allowed him to become purveyor to Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie. Befort was very successful in creating pieces in the manner of Boulle and Renaissance. 
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French 19th century Louis XVI st. Bureau Plat, signed Befort Jeune

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