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Bureau Mazarin

attributed to Nicolas Sageot (1666-1731)

Category

Furniture

Date

circa 1710

Materials

Walnut, pine, tortoiseshell, brass, gilt brass

Measurements

78 cm (H); 149 cm (W); 77 cm (D)

Place of origin

Paris

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Collection

Treasurer's House, North Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)

NT 592899

Summary

A tortoiseshell, brass inlaid and ormolu mounted ebonised 'Boulle' kneehole desk or bureau Mazarin, attributed to Nicolas Sageot (1666-1731) Paris, circa 1710.The rectangular top with cast brass edge and veneered with première partie marquetry depicting a central pavilion with dancing figures, musicians and performers. With further figural scenes and with arabesques and trailing scrolling foliage. With seven drawers to the kneehole which also incorporates a recess with a cupboard door. Raised on cabriole legs with cast sabot.

Full description

This desk is very similar to one stamped by Nicolas Sageot in the Royal Collection, Stockholm. Another comparable example of nearly identical marquetry, also attributed to Nicolas Sageot, is in the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (from the Roudanovski collection). Nicolas Sageot, was born in 1666. His atelier was probably active from 1690, though the first records date from 1698 when he employed two workers. Sageot worked until 1706 as an ouvrier libre, before his appointment as maître in 1706, and was based in the faubourg Saint-Antoine. He evidently rapidly expanded his business, as by 1711 he had 12,000 livres, almost all in stock-in-trade. The extensive nature of his business is revealed by the sale in 1720 to Léonard Prieur 'Marchand Mercier Grossier Joaillier Priviligié suivant la Cour' of 16,000 livres of furniture, consisting of a wide range of armoires, bureaux and commodes and amongst which were several 'armoires à dôme' in brass-inlaid tortoiseshell, valued between 400 and 1000 livres. See also NT485368 for a similar desk at Petworth House, Sussex and another with a near identical top panel at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk (NT 1398377).(James Weedon, December 2019)

Provenance

Given by Frank Green (1861-1954) along with house, garden and contents to the National Trust in 1930.

Makers and roles

attributed to Nicolas Sageot (1666-1731), cabinet maker

References

Grand, P. - Le Mobilier Boulle et les ateliers de l'époque, L'Estampille L'Objet d'Art, pg.50 Rowell 2012 : Christopher Rowell, Petworth, The People and the Place, Scala, 2012 Jackson-Stops, 1977: Gervase Jackson-Stops. “The furniture at Petworth.” Apollo 105.183 (1977): pp.358-66. Hughes, 2008: Peter Hughes. “French furniture at Petworth: Boulle and the acquisitions from Hamilton Palace in 1882.” Apollo, suppl. Historic Houses and Collections Annual April (2008): pp.58-66. Ronfort 2009: Jean Nérée Ronfort (ed.), André Charles Boulle, 1642-1732 : Un nouveau style pour l’Europe (ex. cat.), Frankfurt 2009, p.170

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