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A VERY FINE LOUIS XV TABLE EN CHIFFONIERE BY BVRB 

Origin: France
Circa Date: 1750
Stock No: F3B0358
Location: New York
Dimensions:
H: 26.5 in (67.3 cm)
W: 17.2 in (43.8 cm)
L/D: 11.7 in (29.8 cm)
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A Louis XV Kingwood, Tulipwood and Amaranth Table en Chiffoniere by Bernard Van Risenburgh II
Stamped BVRB and twice JME.

A Louis XV table en chiffoniere, the hinged ormolu-bound cartouche form top with a floral spray panel and opening to a compartmented interior above a shaped ormolu-mounted frieze. The side fitted with a drawer and the whole sits on cabriole legs mounted with chutes and sabots, joined by a medial shelf with paneled marquetry.

Provenance:
The table en chiffonnière was formerly in the collection of Madame de Polès in her collection avenue d'Iéna in Paris. Sold at the Succession de Madame de Polès in Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 17-18 novembre 1936, Me Ader, n°183 to Mr. Edouard Jonas for 38000 Francs.

Illustrated at Pierre Kjellberg – Le Mobilier Français du XVIII Siècle, Les Editions de L’Amateur, 1989, p.145.

Provenance: The table en chiffonnière was formerly in the collection of Madame de Polès in her collection avenue d'Iéna in Paris. Sold at the Succession de Madame de Polès in Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 17-18 novembre 1936, Me Ader, n°183 to Mr. Edouard Jonas for 38000 Francs (estimate 15000 Francs). Illustrated at Pierre Kjellberg – Le Mobilier Français du XVIII Siècle, Les Editions de L’Amateur, 1989, p.145. BVRB'S TABLES EN CHIFFONNIERE This celebrated model belongs to an identifiable group, all stamped by or attributed to B.V.R.B., which display minor differences in the shape of the apron, the design of the ormolu mounts and the marquetry. From the extant number, it is likely that this group of small bois de bout marquetry tables were all made for sale by the same marchand-mercier, probably Lazare Duvaux, who is known to have supplied furniture by van Risenburgh to Madame de Pompadour (F.J.B. Watson, The Antique Collector, December 1960, p. 227ff.). B.V.R.B.'s tables en chiffonnière belong to two distinct groups. The first, with a fixed top, is fitted with at least one, and often more than one writing-surface and the lateral drawer is always fitted with an inkwell. This type of table was, therefore, only ever used for writing and an example of this type is recorded in an inventory of the château de Saint-Hubert: Une table à écrire en bois de rose et fleurs de bois de violette ayant par devant un tablette à coulisse couverte de maroquin noir, à droit un tiroir à clef garni d'encrier, poudrier et boîte d'éponge. The second group has a hinged top, enclosing numerous compartments and is sometimes also fitted with a writing-surface, in which case the drawer encloses an inkwell. This latter model of table was used by ladies for arranging ribbons and toiletries. This table belongs to this latter group, of which several other examples are recorded, including:- two tables in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, 1966, vol. 1, cat. nos. 125 and 126) and another sold from the Alexander Collection, Christie's New York, 30 April 1999, lot 102. This table is almost identical to that depicted in the portrait of Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher of 1756. This latter table is subsequently described in the catalogue of the sale of the painter's estate in 1771:- 1006 - Un vide-poche, fait par Bernard, il est en bois de rose et amarante, le dessus de bois de violette entouré d'un quart de rond, chute, sabots et ornements de bronze doré. Hauteur 25 pouces, longeur 15 pouces 6 lignes, largeur 10 pouces 9 lignes.

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