With a green-tooled leather top above two frieze drawers and opposing sham drawers, with slide at one end, with red-painted Wrightsman inventory number 192
29 in. (73.5 cm.) high, 5034 in. (129 cm.) wide, 2514 in. (64 cm.) deep
Acquired from Jacques Seligmann, Paris via Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, 1957.
F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, vol. II, Greenwich, 1966, p. 302, no. 149.
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A further almost identical bureau plat, formerly in the collection of Sir Antony de Rothschild, was sold from the estate of the Hon. Mrs. Yorke, Christie’s, London, 5 May 1927, lot 132.
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Mathieu-Guillaume Cramer, maître in 1771.
This elegant bureau plat, with its trellis pattern marquetry and legs inlaid with husk pendants, relates to a group of furniture by or attributed to Mathieu-Guillaume Cramer. A smaller example sold from the collection of Bernice and Edgar Garbisch, Sotheby’s, New York, 17 May 1980, lot 322, and a related example sold from the collection of Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, Sotheby’s, New York, 20 May 1992, lot 89. As with the present example, they are unsigned but attributed to Cramer. Cramer was known for using the trellis pattern enclosing quatrefoils and legs inlaid with husk pendants, such as on a bonheur du jour signed M. G. CRAMER, illustrated in C. Packer, Paris Furniture, 1956, fig. 221.
A nearly identical bureau plat with its matching cartonnier is in the Ministre de la Marine, Paris.

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