Louis XIV Bureau Mazarin attributed to Nicolas Sageot

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Louis XIV Bureau Mazarin attributed to Nicolas Sageot ormolu-mounted and brass-inlaid tortoiseshell, ebony and ebonised Boulle marquetry, inlaid overall with Bérainesque motifs in première and contre-partie, the rectangular top with foliate corner clasps, centrally inlaid with a figures beneath a baldequin, within engraved strap-work, foliate scrolls, flying putto, birds and insects, masks, bowls of flowers, dragons, monkeys, jesters and therms, above a recessed frieze drawer and a kneehole cupboard, flanked to each side by three bow-fronted drawers over moulded lapets with suspended acorn drops , the sides inlaid with further strap-work and animals including insects, birds and elaborate foliage, with scrolled and inlaid angles; raised on 8 scrolled and inlaid legs joined by x-form stretchers, on acorn bun feet.

France, circa 1700

Height: 81 cm Width: 130 cm Depth: 73 cm

The overall form and design of the marquetry panels on this Bureau is closely related to a Bureau Mazarin, stamped by Nicolas Sageot, in the Royal Palace in Stockholm (illustrated in p. grand, 'Le Mobilier Boulle et les Ateliers de L'époque', L'estampille l'objet d'art, February, 1993, pp. 50). Nicolas Sageot b. 1666 was probably active from 1690, however the first records date from 1698. He employed 2 workers and worked until 1706 as an “Ouvrier libre”. He was appointed Maître in 1706. His atelier on the Faubourg Saint-Antoine rapidly expanded as in 1711 his business had 12,000 livres almost all in stock-in-trade.

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