Lot 269

FURNITURE WITH HIGH SUPPORT HEIGHT PUTTI in varnish called Martin of half-moon shape, in veneer wood, satin, varnish like Martin and ornamentation of gilded bronzes. The entablature, decorated with a bronze frieze, with vegetal decoration and scrolls, is inscribed between two ingot moulds and opens with a drawer. Two pilasters separate the façade in a tripartite manner. Each pilaster is adorned with a bouquet of four acanthus leaves surmounting ram-headed corner waterfalls, whose stylised horns are reminiscent of the scrolls of an Ionic capital. The front of the cabinet opens with a drawer and a leaf decorated in the centre with a rectangular bronze ornamentation with recessed corners, which inscribes a varnish decoration in the style of an orange Martin representing a putti meeting playing under a tree. The sides, in marquetry of diamond-shaped curling, are adorned with the same ornamentation of bronzes at the corners. In the centre, they present a gilded bronze wall light in the shape of a flowered baluster vase, with a gadrooned neck, Greek handles and decorated on the belly with a dance of Pan and Flora. The piece of furniture rests on four spinning legs. Rich ornamentation of gilded bronzes, including keyholes, ingot moulds, corner scraps, wall lights, console, frieze and clogs. The top is covered with a blood cipolin marble from Oran. Quality work from the 19th century, in the taste of BEURDELEY. Height. 113,5 Length. 113, Depth 45 cm (one uneven back foot, one loose moulding, marble chips, small accidents). "Piece of furniture at standing height" with putti decor. In varnish said "Martin" in the taste of Beurdeley in the 19th century. Our in-between piece of furniture shows a putti meeting under a tree, varnished in the Martin style. Four are playing with birds, two are picking flowers and two are holding a mirror. The scene is inscribed in an antique landscape symbolized by a pedestal supporting a cassolette, which takes the shape of a pine cone. Among the best cabinetmakers using the Martin varnish technique in the 19th century were François Linke, Henry Dasson and Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley. Our piece of furniture can be compared more to the manners of this last family workshop. On the one hand, the frieze on the upper belt shows a scroll motif very similar to the important piece of furniture at support height kept in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (inv. 46514). On the other hand, the very chubby putti with their small necks merging into their chins are similar to his way of depicting them.