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A Louis XVI Brass-Mounted Mahogany Bureau Cabinet stamped C. M. Leclerc twice

A Louis XVI Brass-Mounted Mahogany Bureau Cabinet stamped C. M. Leclerc twice

Charles Michel Leclerc (1745-1806), Maître in 1786 The canted cornice above a panelled fall front opening to reveal a red gilt-tooled leather surface, pigeon holes and drawers, as well as a secret drawer, the roll top (or “cylindre”) revealing another similar leather sliding surface and further pigeon holes and drawers, above a pair of doors enclosing a fitted interior, including a safe and narrow drawers, raised on square tapering short legs. A “meuble de commande”, ie made to order. Also stamped with an inventory number. Provenance: The private collection of Count Teofilo Rossi di Montelera. The Count’s collection featured an eclectic mix of items, reflecting Rossi’s worldly outlook and eye for connoisseurship. Rossi’s family history is as interesting as the interiors in which he lived. He was a descendent of one of the founding partners in Martini & Rossi, the beverage purveyors, which was first established in 1847 when Rossi, an herbalist, met Martini, a wine merchant. By the 1910s, the Rossi sons had taken over the business, concocting the Martini Bianco drink, and enlisting artist Marcello Dudovich to create the almost universally known poster of La Dama Bianca (the woman in white) for the drink’s launch. By 1912, the brand had reached over 70 countries.

Circa 1790

68 1/2in. high, 39in wide, 20in. deep.

Status: Available

Inv Number: #1013

Price: 30,000






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