Furniture du 18th century
A rare Louis XVI ormolu-mounted lime wood and amaranth bureau cylindre by G.Dester
DIMENSIONS : l. 37.8 .inH. 53.74 .inP. 21.65 .in
MATERIAUX : Limon wood, amaranth, white marble
PROVENANCE : France
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The white and gray marble top with the pierced three-quarter gallery above a cartonnier and three drawers, above the panelled roll-top enclosing a leather-lined writing-slide, the interior fitted with one open compartment and three drawers above three blind drawers, above a single kneehole drawer and flanked by two drawers, on fluted turned tapering legs terminating in ormolu caps.
Godefroy Dester, received master in 1774.
Based in the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine until the 1790s, Godefroy Dester ran a notable and prosperous workshop. In addition to the more conventional marquetry furniture, Dester’s oeuvre also comprised a small number of beautifully veneered commodes, secrétaires and cartonniers, which demonstrate the particular care he took in choosing the most exotic veneers. The use of veneers such as flamed, plum-pudding or other lustrous types of mahogany, set against simple yet finely-chased gilt bronze mounts, allow us to relate Dester's production to that of Adam Weisweiler or Guillaume Beneman.
Dester is recorded to have supplied furniture to the Royal family. The comte d’Artois commissioned several pieces from the ébéniste, including a commode supplied in 1778 for his bedchamber in the pavilion of Bagatelle, and his masterpiece, the superb mahogany commode fitted with porcelain plaques depicting floral bouquets, and adorned with rich gilt-bronze mounts modeled as caryatids and scrolls, delivered in 1785 for his bedchamber at the Palais du Temple