The Wallace Collection

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  • Work-table
  • Manner of Jean-François Leleu (1729 - 1807)
  • France
  • c. 1770
    19th century (porcelain plaque)
  • Oak veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, rosewood, ebony and box; gilt-bronze and steel
  • Height: 84.7 cm
    Width: 38 cm
    Diameter: 27.2 cm, top
  • Stamp: 'DIMIER'
  • F312
  • Boudoir
Further Reading
  • At first glance this work-table appears to date from c.1770. It is similar in style to another work-table in the Wallace Collection (F311) which can be dated to c.1765-70 and has been attributed to Jean-François Leleu (1729-1807, master 1764). However, detailed analysis of the construction and the gilt-bronze mounts puts the production of this table firmly in the middle of the 19th century. The stamp of 'DIMIER' inside the gilt-bronze moulding around the top suggests it was made in France.
    The Sèvres plaque on the top (museum no. C508) has also been dated to the 19th century. The paste is uneven, and the front of the plaque has black pitting.