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Design and execution attributed to Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt
(Groningen 1663−1715 Paris)
Paris, Louis XIV period, c.1685
Restored by Jacques Dubois, c. 1750, stamped “I DUBOIS”
H. 84 cm (33 in.), W. 121 cm (47⅝ in.), D. 70 cm (27½ in.)
Marquetry: in première partie of engraved brass, pewter, tortoiseshell underlaid with
red, ebony, fruitwood, amaranth, drawers of walnut
According to the inventory taken in 1853 of Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, this bureau Mazarin was probably acquired for Warwick Castle by George, second Earl of Warwick (1746−1816), or his son Henry Richard Greville, third Earl of Warwick (1779−1853); in the ownership of the Earls of Warwick until its sale on May 20,1968 by the Trustees of the Warwick Castle Settlement, Christie’s, London, lot 81, is described as a “Louis XIV bureau Mazarin […] in the manner of A.C. Boulle and stamped I. Dubois […] who probably restored this piece during the eighteenth century”; private collection, London.