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A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Mahogany Secretaire en Cabinet by Jean-Francois Leleu

A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Mahogany Secretaire en Cabinet by Jean-Francois Leleu

$35,000.00

Status: Available

  • Late 18th Century

  • Inv Number:
  • #1058

About

The later breccia marble top over two paneled doors opening to reveal shelves, above a drawer over a fall front with an interior fitted with drawers and compartments, and two further doors where the coffre-fort compartment used to be, raised on short rectangular feet, the upper back stamped J. F.Leleu and JME once. Jean-Francois Leleu (1729-1807) was one of the most distinguished Parisian banistes of the latter part of the 18th century. Leleu completed his apprenticeship in the workshop of the renowned baniste Jean-Francois Oeben. He left the workshop after his death as the workshop went to Riesener and became master in 1764. He quickly established himself on his own and soon counted Louis XV, the king of France, the king's mistress Madame du Barry, and the Prince de Cond among his clients. This secretaire reflects the strong, masculine and architectural neoclassical forms favored by Leleu.

66 3/4in. high, 38in. wide and 15in. deep