Large desk Louis XVI style in the manner of Leuleu
Large desk Louis XVI style in the manner of Leuleu. Wenge, Rosewood and Maple marquetry, Gilt Bronze.
The straight lines and tapering legs of this writing table or bureau plat illuminated by a marquetry of rare woods with subtle details
are characteristic of the refined neoclassical style generally practiced by the French cabinetmaker Jean François Leleu. One large drawer.
Jean François Leleu : Student of OEben, the King's cabinetmaker, he competed with another student, Jean Henri Riesner. This competition was undoubtedly decisive in the work of two of the greatest French cabinetmakers. Quickly after his mastery in 1764 Leleu was able to capture the attention of influential celebrities such as Mme du Barry by adopting the new neo-classical fashion. From then on, his style, very sober and architectural in form, was distinguished by the high quality of the work of the bronzes and the marquetry. For the latter, he chose rare wood species that he subtly combined. His motifs of hexagons and lozenges with bouquets are characteristic of his style.
The Prince of Condé will make his success by his numerous orders.