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Writing table
Oak frame, rosewood and amaranth wood veneer, violet wood endgrain marquetry, golden bronze, leather
Paris, Louis XV period, circa 1745
H 70 x W 71 x D 43 cm
Stamp and inventory marks: BVRB flanked on two occasions by the guild stamp of JME, the corporation of carpenters and cabinetmakers; 140, inventory number painted in red from the Wrightsman collection; also visible in lead pencil on a beige label with double red edging
Provenance: collection of Louis Albert Marie de La Forest, Comte d’Armaillé (1823-1882) and Countess Célestine Marie Amédée de Ségur (1830-1918), in their mansion known as Hôtel des Ségur, No. 48 rue de la Boétie; sale after the death of the Comte d’Armaillé in Paris, Sedelmeyer Gallery, 4 bis rue de La Rochefoucauld, Mssrs Paul Chevallier and Denis Appert, June 5th and 6th, 1890, lot no. 173, repr.; collection of Rodolphe Kann (1845-1905), in his private mansion located at nos 49 and 51 avenue d’Iéna, in Paris; Catalogue of the Rodolphe Kann Collection, Objets d’art, vol. II, Eighteenth Century, Mssrs Jules Mannheim and Edouard Rahir, Paris, 1907, lot n° 217, repr.; acquired by the Duveen Brothers in 1907, along with the entire Kann collection; sold the same year by the Duveen Brothers to Arabella Yarrington “Belle” Huntington (1850/51-1924), the second wife of Collis Potter Huntington (1821-1900), an American railway magnate; collection of his son, Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955), who inherited his mother’s entire fortune and collections upon her death in 1924; donated by the latter to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.; sold by Parke-Bernet Galleries, An Eastern Educational Institute, New York, November 13th-14th, 1959, lot no. 298, repr.; acquired by Charles Wrightsman (1895-1986), and then collection of his second wife, Mrs. Jayne Wrightsman (1919-2019), née Larkin, in her fabulous apartment located at no. 820 5th Avenue, New York, at the corner of 63rd Street, facing Central Park
Literature: Catalogue of the Rodolphe Kann Collection, Objets d’art, vol. II, Eighteenth Century, Mssrs Jules Mannheim and Edouard Rahir, Paris, 1907, lot 217; F. J. B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, vol. II, Greenwich, 1966, pp. 310-311, cat. n° 152