Bureau mazarin

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.)


Carcase: spruce
Marquetry: in première partie of engraved brass, pewter, tortoiseshell underlaid with
red, ebony, fruitwood, amaranth, drawers of walnut
Mounts: brass-gilt

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.

REF No. 775