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 Anonymous - Sedan chair
François Boucher - The little dog’s dance
Jean-Baptiste Greuze - Young Shepherd Holding a Flower
Hubert Robert - The Laundry
 Jean Moisy (clockmaker) and Jean-Claude Chambellan known as Duplessis (goldsmith) - Organ pipe clock with a monkey orchestra
Hubert Robert - Washerwomen in a garden
 Adrien Delorme and Pierre Roussel - Chest of drawers
Giambattista  Tiepolo - Alexander and Bucephalus
Nicolas Sageot - « Mazarin » table desk
Claude Joseph Vernet - The Tivoli Cascades
Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Jérôme de La Lande
 Manufacture de Beauvais - Tapestry : Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters
Roger Van der Cruse known as La Croix or RVLC (Attributed to) - Combination furniture : commode with doors, secretaire in drawer, wardrobe
Jacques Louis David - The death of Seneca
Giovanni Antonio (dit Gianantonio) Pellegrini - Esquisse pour le plafond de la Banque Royale : Le Déchargement en bord de Seine de marchandises en provenance de la Louisiane

« Mazarin » table desk

Circa 1700-1720
Structure in conifer wood, veneer in tortoiseshell with brass, gilt bronze
78 x 128,5 x 70 cm

Although known as the "Mazarin", the eight-legged desk was in fact probably only created circa 1670-1680, long after the death of the eponymous cardinal and minister. It has two side chests of drawers with three drawers, each standing on four legs joined by a stretcher. A drawer in the middle sits atop a compartment that opens with a flap.

Nicolas Sageot (1666-1731) became a master cabinetmaker in Paris in 1706. He was one of the few to place a stamp on his furniture, long before 1751 when an edict made it compulsory to do so. In 1720 Sageot sold off his stock and lived a comfortable life before going mad in 1723.

His work is part of the marquetry tradition associated with André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732), inspired by the Arabesque patterns of Jean Bérain (1640-1711). Cutting patterns in superimposed layers of brass and tortoiseshell produces two contrasting patterns, each being a kind of negative of the other. The tortoiseshell, which is naturally dark brown, must be placed on top of a tinted layer to take on the red colour.

The panels, no doubt provided to the cabinetmakers by marquetry inlayers who had their own models and produced series of them, sometimes had to be adapted to the dimensions of the unit by adding metal and tortoiseshell bands, as is the case with the side panels of this desk.

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Mazarin table desk
Mazarin table desk
Mazarin table desk
Mazarin table desk
Inventory number : ODUT01500
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 9
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