A Rare Pair of Cabinets in the Manner of André-Charles Boulle,
stamped by Mathieu Béfort dit Béfort Jeune of Paris
Constructed in Bois Noirci, dressed with fine ormolu mounts and brass inlays, and having marble platforms; a true pair, the lockplates opposed, of rectangular form with canted corners, rising from bracket feet, the door panels having, on one, a figure of Bacchus, God of Wine, and on the other, the figure of Ceres, Goddess of the Harvest, both enclosed within ormolu frames and standing on hemispherical socles, with architectural corner spandrels, and extensive arabesque brass inlays; the lockable doors enclose shelved interiors; the canted angles are dressed with ormolu male herms, issuing Greek key motifs and terminating in stylised ormolu floral appliques, and paterae under; the sides having four paterae at the angles with central male mascarons within brass inlaid rectangular frameworks; running stiff leaf ormolu mounts to the aprons, with shaped Portor marble platforms. Stamped by the maker, ‘Befort Jeune’, and numbered ‘4822’.
French, circa 1870