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Flat desk, inlaid with crosses...

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Flat desk, inlaid with crosses and fleurons, opening with two drawers. Ornamentation of gilded bronzes. Sheathed legs with recessed edges. Top in morocco. Louis XVI style, after a model by Mathieu-Guillaume Cramer. Stamped A Beurdeley. Paris Napoleon III period. Height : 76 cm - Width : 130 cm Depth : 65 cm Alfred Beurdeley (1808-1882) son of a cabinetmaker and father of a cabinetmaker became by the quality of his workmanship, the most famous cabinetmaker of Paris in this genre, gifted with an exquisite taste, penetrated with the science of styles to an extremely remarkable degree. He was the supplier of the duke of Nemours, of the empress Eugénie and of Napoleon III. He obtained the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1867. Comparative bibliography : Alexandre Pradère, Les ébénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Paris, Chêne, 1989, page 325.

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