Mathieu Befort Jeune (1813 - 1880)


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Mathieu Befort Jeune (1813 - 1880)

A Fine Pair Of Louis XIV Style Boulle Marquetry Inlaid Corner Cabinets

FRANCE, Circa 1870

REF No. B71656

Stamped to the reverse of the bronze mounts 'BJ' and 'SS'.

dimensions

Height :106 cm | 41³/₄ in
Width :98 cm | 38⁵/₈ in
Depth :70 cm | 27¹/₂ in

description

A Fine Pair Of Louis XIV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted And Boulle Marquetry Inlaid Corner Cabinets Depicting the Four Seasons, in the Manner Of Andre-Charles Boulle, by Béfort Jeune.

Each cabinet has a gilt foliate banded black marble top over a pair of doors, each inlaid with arabesque scroll work and mounted with a gilt-bronze relief figure representing the seasons.

maker

Mathieu Befort (Befort Jeune) (1813-1880) is recorded as having worked in Paris from 1836 until 1880.
He was descended from a family of renowned ébénistes and was the son of the renowned cabinetmaker Jean-Baptiste Befort, known as Befort Père, who was of Belgian origin and renowned for having supplied furniture for the apartments of the Duc d'Orléans.
Father and son are noted for their interpretations of furniture by André-Charles Boulle and the creation of vernis matin and porcelain mounted furniture, often in the manner of Riesener.
The firm received a medal at the 1844 Exposition de l'Industrie Française, and earnt Befort a reputation for the high quality of his work. As a result he became a purveyor to Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie.
Makers Bilbliography:
Ledoux-Lebard, Denise Les Ebénistes du XIX Siècle, Editions de l'Amateur, (Paris) 1984, pps. 48-50.

Mathieu Befort Jeune

A Fine Pair Of Louis XIV Style Boulle Marquetry Inlaid Corner Cabinets







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