Secretaire with a flap, drawer and door. It has pronounced architectural features and is adorned with fluted pilasters. The panels are decorated with reliefs in European lacquer, over a black background, in imitation of Japanese lacquers. These lacquers, of an exceptionally high quality, made use of oxidation techniques on silver leaves, with the help of oxidizing agents, in order to obtain different colours. These lacquer panels depict genre scenes peopled with musicians and other characters in a landscape with pagodas, trees, bouquets, …
The chiselled ormolu decoration consists of the bronze gallery embellished with draperies, friezes of beads, … It stands on four tapered and fluted legs. The top is in white veined marble.
Period: Louis XVI
Attribution: Louis Foureau
The Musée Carnavalet in Paris and the Musée de Reims own two pairs of corner cupboards in European lacquer made by Louis Foureau.
Height 130 cm 51 in
Width 50 cm 19 3/4 in
Depth 30 cm 11 3/4 in