Height 33 in. Width 60 in. Depth 18 in.
Inventory Number: Tab316
A Fine Louis XVI Brass Mounted Ebony & Acajou Mouchete Game Table/Table de Brelan by Godefroy Dester18th Century
Stamped Godefroy Dester
Godefroy Dester maitre 1774
Height 30 in. Width 43 in. Depth 21 ½ in.
Diameter when open 43 in.
This ebeniste was active until at least 1790. working in the rue du Faubourg-Saint – Antoine. His work, which is very distinctive, usually takes the form of light pieces of furniture, tables and bonhcurs-du-jour with marquetry in a lozenge pattern, the centres decorated. The woods used, satinwood, and stained maplewood, create a harmonious blend of pale-gold and green. The shapes are simple and the decorative use of gilt- bronze mounts is restrained. Godefroy Dester also made a number of pieces in mahogany as well, close in style to the work of Weisweiler and Benneman. The mounts are very sober, the distinction resting largely in the beauty of the woods. The only recorded piece of elaborate furniture by Dester is a commode formerly in the Collection of the Earl of Plymouth. In this, highly ornate gilt-bronze mounts are combined with plaques of Paris porcelain. This commode formed one of a pair bought by the Comte d’Artois in 1785 from the marchand-miroitier Delaroue, established at 4 rue de Verrerie at the sign ‘A la Toilette Royale’. They adorned the bedroom of the prince at the Palais du Temple. Paris, and were designed for his toilette; for this purpose they were fitted with boxes lined in blue chamois to hold toilet utensils. It seems that Delaroue was seeking to emulate the porcelain-mounted pieces in which Daguerre specialized.
Commode stamped Dester, decorated with Haris porcelain plaques It he largest
Jean-Jacques Gautier: Le Garde Mcublc’ in: La Folie
d’Artois. 1988. p. 115
Bonheur-du-jour stamped Dester, с. 1780. (Archives Galeric Perrin. Paris)
Le Mobilier Francais Du XVIII Siecle
By Denise Ledoux-Lebard
Inventory Number: Tab207
The D-shaped gray marble top with three-quarter pierced gallery, above a frieze drawer inlaid with vines of flowers flanked by hinged doors, raised on circular legs joined by a conforming platform stretcher with similar inlay.Height 31 1/2 in. Width 36 1/2 in. Depth 17 1/2 in.
Inventory Number: Con348
Each with a D-shape white marble top above the guilloche-carved frieze, centered by a woven basket flanked by fruit, above laurel swags, raised on incurved fluted legs, terminating on square tapered feet.Height 32 in. Width 17 in. Depth 12 1/2 in.
Inventory Number: Con347
The possibly associated demilune white veined marble top above a guilloche and rosette-carved frieze and a husk-draped apron, on fluted tapering legs headed with rosettes issuing laurel leaves and joined by a shaped stretcher surmounted with an urnHeight 33½ in. Width 46½ in. Depth 17 in.
Inventory Number: Con28
The mottled grey rectangular marble above an egg and dart edge, the guilloche frieze with a central rosette, on reeded tapering legs on foliate carved feet and headed by capitals below rosettesHeight 39 in. Width 58 in. Depth 29 ½ in.
Inventory Number: Con12
The demi-lune mottled marble top above a pierced foliate carved frieze, on tapering fluted legs headed by paterae and joined by a stretcher, inscribed porcelains haut and 348/53, traces of earlier gilding underneath paint.
Georges Jacob Maitre in 1765
Inventory Number: Con10
With a rectangular marble insert over a finely carved frieze, all resting on cabriole legs ending in pad feet.Height 29 in. Width 38 in. Depth 19 in.
Inventory Number: Con6
Each console with an insert mottled grey marble above a shaped and carved skirt with parcel gilt leaf scrollsHeight 37 in. Width 44 in. Depth 14 in.
Inventory Number: Con4