Style Napoleon III / Ref.11900
Alexandre BELLANGÉ - Important cupboard, ebony veneer and gilded bronze, coming from the Chateau of Dampierre
Width: 150'' ¾ 383cm
Height: 65'' 165cm
Depth: 23'' ⅝ 60cm
Lock signed and dated : « Année 1853 – A. BELLANGÉ – Ft d’ébénisteries et bronzes de curiosités 77 rue des Marais St Martin Paris »
Dated from 1853, this exceptional cupboard with very large dimensions was made for Honoré Théodoric d’Albert de Luynes, 8th Duke of Luynes, whose monogram "AL" is shown on the four cartridges placed at the cornice of this piece of furniture.
It comes from the Chateau of Dampierre, historic castle of the Albert de Luynes family since 1663.
Made out of ebony veneer and gilded bronze, this cupboard is a true masterpiece by cabinetmaker Alexandre Bellangé. The doors are separated by three console legs which modillons are adorned with false trimmings in gilded bronze but highly realistic.
These modillons are surmounted by three women masks representing Autumn, with bunches of grapes and vines, and Summer, with wheat ears and wildflowers.
These same masks are found on a sumptuous pair of consoles from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's collection at Buckingham Palace in London. These consoles were made in 1820 by Louis-François Bellangé, Alexandre's father.
When it was rediscovered, this large cupboard was placed in front of the door of the library’s chateau, probably moved here from its original location during the 20th century.
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