Lot 211

Important and rare LIBRARY on baseboard, rectangular shape in rosewood veneer, violet wood inlaid with leaves and amaranth fillets. It opens with two partially latticed leaves.
Stamped with M.G. Cramer, punch of Jurande JME.
Louis XVI period.
230 x 187 x 40 cm.
(restorations notably with the espagnolette, wear, scratches on the veneer, missing lock entry, jumps in the veneer)
Mathieu-Guillaume Cramer (died in 1804) was one of the most important Parisian cabinetmakers of the last third of the 18th century. Of Germanic origin, he settled in Paris and married in 1771 the daughter of Isaac-Edmond Collet, another Parisian furniture craftsman. A few months after this union, he registered his master's letters and set up his workshop on rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, in the district favoured by the furniture and seating craftsmen of the time. In 1783, the inventory after his wife's death testifies to a flourishing activity; more than two hundred pieces of furniture are prized and no less than five workbenches are mentioned. His clients included the Duke of Montmorency, the Prince de Broglie and the Duchess du Châtelet. Ruined by the revolutionary troubles, Cramer ceased his activity in 1790 and died destitute more than a decade later. Nowadays, some of his furniture is exhibited in the Louvre and Nissim de Camondo museums in Paris and in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon.