A Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Hardstone-Mounted Ebonised Pedestal-Cabinets

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A Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Hardstone-Mounted Ebonised Pedestal-Cabinets by Mathieu Befort (Befort Jeune).

Stamped ‘MB’ to the reverse of the top corner mounts for Mathieu Befort, (Befort Jeune).

This impressive pair of ebonised pedestals have fine gilt-bronze mounts and superb Florentine Pietre Dure hardstone inlaid panels.

Of square tapering form they have an inset white marble top above a tapering brass-inlaid body with figural, acanthus cast, term figures to the angles and fronted by a panelled door mounted with a fine hardstone relief of ribbon-tied fruiting garland with a perching bird; the door opening to a mahogany veneered interior with a fixed shelf. The sides are mounted with gilt-bronze ribbon tied trophy mounts are the pedestals raised on plinth bases with shaped aprons, centred by pierced-shell clasps.

French, Circa 1870.

Object History

Mathieu Befort

Mathieu Befort, (Befort Jeune), (1813-1880) is recorded as having worked in Paris at 1 rue Neuve-Saint-Gilles from 1836 to 1866 and later moving to No.6, residing there until 1880. He descended from a family of renowned ébénistes and was the son of Jean-Baptiste Befort, called Befort Père. Father and son are noted for their interpretations of furniture by André Charles Boulle and the creation of vernis matin and porcelain mounted furniture often in the manner of Riesener. He was a brother of Bernard Befort, ebeniste-marqueteur and ‘antiquaire’ and like him, specialised in ‘Meubles de Boulle’. The firm received a medal at the 1844 Exposition de l’Industrie Française.

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