Louis XV, France, Paris, ca. 1760. In the style of Pierre Roussel.
Tulipwood and roseood, in veneer, and inlaid in reserves with fillets. The front with two glazed doors. The inside with shelves. Grey-brown and white veined marble top. Gilt mounts. The inside lined with red fabric. 1 key.
140 x 34 x 168 cm.
Shelves later, minor losses.
In its elegant simplicity and with its beautiful veneer, this bookcase is reminiscent of works from Pierre Roussel's workshop. The back features a label of a Marchand Mercier: Au Marechal de Sa.. Place aux Veaux, Aîle du Pont - Mar. Amiot fils, Marchand vend & ... toutes sortes de Meubles & Eff... propres à meubler les apartments &... des plus à la mode & le tout à juste p... en conscience. À Paris, 1752.
Marchand mercier was a term for merchants who worked outside of the guild system of craftsmen. Since the craftsmen organised in the guilds were subject to strict regulations, the Marchand merciers, acting as a kind of general contractor, fulfilled an important intermediary function, and had a major influence on the furnishing of Parisian institutions.
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