A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND WHITE MARBLE MOUNTED FLAME MAHOGANY CONSOLE DESSERTE, STAMPED "I. PAFRAT," CIRCA 1775, the shaped demilune, gray veined white marble top within a reticulated three quarter inch gallery of continuous undulating ribbon entwined arches, above a frieze centering a single recess paneled long drawer, enclosing a pair of twist swagged drapery cast handles on disc backplates flanking a bronze lined keyhole and framed by a beaded leaf tip encadrement, within turret pilaster sides with gilt bronze mille rais detailed mounts, flanked by similarly mounted and paneled curved sides, raised on Doric columnar bronze lined fluted legs ending on circular socles, and a conforming white marble inset shelf stretcher with bronze string inlaid sides, raised on ringed toupie feet tapering to similarly modeled sabots, including a reticulated hand chased gilt bronze and cut steel key. Height: 38.25" Width: 50.00" Depth: 18.50" Note: Jean-Jacques Pafrat (French d. 1793) maitre ébéniste 1785. He was known to have trained under the celebrated ébéniste Martin Carlin and had an aristocratic as well as wealthy clientele. This included furniture commissioned and supplied to the Duc d'Orléans for the Château du Raincy. A related console desserte signed by Pafrat was sold Christie's New York 17 May 2006, lot 14, $19,200.
Very good condition for antique French furniture of this age, use and materials including but not limited to expected light surface wear, wax residue and a faint ring on the top marble, the shelf stretcher marble has an old repaired crack on right side and same surface wear as well as some buildup along the edges. Most of the ormolu/gilt bronze mounts have a nice warm buttery gilding with expected rubbed areas and some are loose. The mahogany has lightly faded areas, some normal age cracks, small repaired and restored areas, light surface wear with scattered minor marks and scratches. Secondary woods are oak and pine with dovetail construction.
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