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July 2018 Decorative Arts

« La Fayette » Dressing Table

Fascinating by the virtuosity and fragility of its straw marquetry veneer, this small dressing table is also remarkable by its presumed link with the Marquis de La Fayette (1757-1834), major actor of the American Independence and the French Revolution. Rich in symbolic allusions, whose interpretation cannot be exhausted, this complex and subtle decor invites us to explore the life of Gilbert de La Fayette, from his native Auvergne to the United States of America.

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« La Fayette » Dressing Table
France, circa 1790
Polychromed straw marquetry veneer, brass, gilt bronze and mercury mirror
80.8 x 66.1 x 50.4 cm
FGA-AD-MOBI-0066

Provenance
Collection Marquis de La Fayette and his descendants, Chavaniac castle

Antique dealer Mercier, Paris, circa 1921

Collection Marie Bonthoux, Algeria and France

Collection Moreau family, descendant of Mme Bonthoux

Aponem-Deburaux, Paris, 20 May 2011, lot n° 347

© Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. Photographer: Thierry Ollivier
© Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. Photographer: Thierry Ollivier

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