RARE FRENCH MAISON GOUFFÉ LOUIS XVI STYLE
MARBLE TOP INLAID PARQUETRY AND
MARQUETRY BUFFET, SIGNED
Item # LFALO2647
A rare and extremely elegant French Louis XVI style inlaid parquetry and marquetry buffet by Maison Gouffé, Paris, having a shaped Carrara marble top with projecting canted corners and finely chased bronze ormolu mounts and brass trim. This stunning buffet is a fine example of the high quality workmanship and style of this distinguished Paris atelier. It features two drawers with ormolu keyhole escutcheons and two doors decorated with finely chased bronze ormolu macaroons in each corner. Two interior shelves. Raised on four block gilt ormolu mounted feet. Gouffé label inside drawer.
Maison Gouffé, located at 46-48 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris, was a famous cabinet maker in the 1930s and its Contemporary Furniture Department was directed by Jean Royère (from 1934 to 1942) who made a name for himself after receiving his first big commission, designing a new layout for the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysées in 1934. Royère, often perceived as outside of the modernist trajectory ascribed to twentieth-century design, was nonetheless informed by and enormously influential to his peers. Taking on the mantle of the great artistes décorateurs of 1940s France, Royère’s success continued with great vitality into the second half of the twentieth century. His luxurious style soon caught the eye of the world’s elite and he began designing couture furniture and spaces for the likes of King Hussein of Jordan and the Shah of Iran. Royère was one of the first to promote a new way of life through interior decoration and his playful approach solidified his career with an international audience.
h - 38"
w - 76"
d - 17.5"
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