REF NO : B75891

Mathieu Befort Jeune

A Pair of French Gilt-Bronze Mounted Ebonised Meubles d’Appui

France, Circa 1850

£75,000

A pair of French gilt-bronze mounted and ebonised meubles d'appui, by Mathieu Béfort dit Béfort Jeune. Each has a vert maurin marble top above a cupboard...

Dimensions

Height: 115 cm (46 in)
Width: 83 cm (33 in)
Depth: 42 cm (17 in)
REF NO : B75891

Description

A pair of French gilt-bronze mounted and ebonised meubles d’appui, by Mathieu Béfort dit Béfort Jeune.

Each has a vert maurin marble top above a cupboard door applied with large oval gilt-bronze medallions depicting Hercules and Orpheus, opening to an interior fitted with an adjustable shelf, each twice stamped ‘BEFORT JEUNE’, and mounts marked ‘BJ’

French, Circa 1850.

The two gilt-bronze oval medallions represent Orpheus in Hades and Hercules Chaining Cerberus and are after a design attributed to Augustin Pajou (1730–1809), the pair of are a type recorded to decorate a single cabinet at the Hôtel de Voyer d’Argenson as drawn by Sir William Chambers in 1769.

Date

Circa 1850

Origin

France

Medium

Eboinised Wood & Gilt-Bronze

Signature

Stamped twice 'BEFORT JEUNE' | the mounts marked 'BJ'.

Literature

J. Draper, G. Scherf, Pajou sculpteur du Roi 1730-1809, cat. exp., Paris & New York, 1998, p. 164-165, fig. 100.
J. Harris, ‘Sir Williams Chambers and his Parisian Album’, dans Architectural History. The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, t. 6, 1963, pp. 54-90, p. 60, fig. 7

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