51 x 25 x 31 in high, (129 x 65 x 79 cm)
The rectangular bureau plat is veneered in tulipwood and amaranth and has a tooled red leather writing surface, with a wide matted ormolu edge mount. At either end are pull out slides and in the front are three drawers. The middle recessed drawer is veneered in tulipwood with an amaranth border and the two side drawers are veneered in amaranth with Greek key marquetry in tulipwood, with ormolu banding around the drawers. The end and back are veneered in Greek key marquetry, with ormolu banding and a central ormolu motif. The protruding angles are applied with rosettes, the legs have recessed angles, surmounted by garlands of bay leaves and ending with ormolu sabots.
Collection – Mandl, sold Paris 25th February 1904, lot 23. Collection – Cognacq, Paris
François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 1975, pl.XLIV. Seymour de Ricci, Le style Louis XVI, Mobilier et décoration, Paris, 1913.
Between 1770 and 1780 Montigny produced a series of grand and distinguished bureaux plats, all of which have an ornate ormolu frieze or incorporate the Greek key motif. Another example of the Greek key motif is in the Musée Cognacq-Jay, which has two long drawers and a smaller central drawer.
Phillippe Montigny (1734 – 1800) was born in Paris, the son of Louis Montigny an ébéniste and artisan privilegé in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine. He became a maître in 1766 and took over his father’s workshop in the cour de la Juiverie, where he was to remain for the rest of his life.