H: 35.5 in / 90 cm | W: 18 in / 45 cm | D: 13 in / 32 cmDescription
A Splendid Side Cabinet
By Mathieu Befort, dit Befort Jeune of Paris
Constructed in amaranth, with gilt bronze mounts; rising from bracket feet, the cabinet having a lockable door dressed with a central gilt bronze mount within a stiff lead border, enclosing a shelved interior; the canted angles with recessed fluting; the sides dressed with gilt bronze floral pendants, and over, fitted with a thumbnail edged white Carrara marble top. Stamped twice "Befort Jeune."
French, circa 1870
Jean-Baptiste Béfort (1783-1840), of Belgian origin, recorded as an ebeniste-marqueteur, and supplied furniture to the Duke of Orleans, and repaired his original Boulle pieces; following in the family business, his two sons, Bernard, the elder, and Mathieu (1813-1880) were noted as fine cabinet makers, creating pieces in the style of the ancien regime, particularly in the manner of André-Charles Boulle.
Denise Ledoux-Lebard. Le mobilier francais du XIXe siècle, 1795-1889 : dictionnaire des ébénistes et des menuisiers, Paris: Éditions de l'amateur, 2000; pp. 47-9.
Christopher Payne. Paris Furniture: The Luxury Market of the 19th Century, Château de Saint-Rémy: Éditions Monelle Hayot, 2018, pp. 253-6.
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