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Fine European Furniture, Decorations and Fine Art

Thu, Apr 21, 2022 11:00AM EDT
Lot 70

Unusual Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood and Walnut Parquetry Table à Écrire, Branded with a Palais des Tuileries Inventory Stamp

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Sold for

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$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

Stenciled in black ink with a "T" and numbered "3860". 

The leather inset top within a pierced three-quarter gallery above one fall-front drawer opening to a leather-lined writing slide and two short drawers, the right drawer fitted with an inkwell compartment, raised on square tapering legs headed by paterae and ending on later sabots. Adapted and possibly reduced in size.

29 1/2 x 32 x 19 1/2 in.

Note: The Tuileries Palace was destroyed by arson on May 23, 1871. It was originally built by Catherine de Medici in 1564 on the site previously occupied by a tile factory. Enlarged over time and reunited with the Louvre Palace in 1857, it had a huge facade of 873 feet. It was the focal point of the great historical axis of Paris designed from this palace. It was the royal residence in Paris of many sovereigns from Henri IV to Napoleon III. 


Minor scuffing and wax residue on the later top with a small repair to the back left corner. Minor age cracks and veneer losses, lifting and replacements, particularly along the frieze and legs. Minor old repairs to the veneer which has darkened over time. The lower thin ormolu border on the apron is most likely added later. The ormolu border along the frieze is good quality, but probably made for a larger bureau plat. Structurally sound.Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.