A French mid-19th century ormolu mounted amaranth, fruitwood and Japanese lacquer secrétaire à abattant. photo Bonhams
Note: If the overall design of this secrétaire is inherited from Adam Weisweiler's production, the mounts and especially the pagoda-shaped escutcheon mount with cornucopiae are based on models used by Jean-Henri Riesener.
In the 1860's Charles Guillaume Winckelsen (1812-1871) specialised in this type of pieces, before Henry Dasson succeded him in 1871 and took over the workshop, continuing to make Louis XVI style furniture. By its design as well as its refined quality, the present secretaire can be compared to Winckelsen's work.
Provenance: - Collection Pierre Lecoules, Paris.
Bonhams. Fine European Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art including the Beurdeley collection. New Bond Street, 6 Jul 2011 at 14:00 www.bonhams.com