Small Transitional woman secretary (de Dame) attributed to Charles Chevallier. This fine Transitional Louis XV - Louis XVI ormolu-mounted floral marquetry Secretaire de Dame a abattant. The rectangular marquetry top above an apron drawer surmounted by a fall front opening to two bookend shelves and two little drawers, on four cabriole legs terminating in scrolling sabots. Transition period circa 1770 - 1774. Charles Chevallier (around 1700 - 4 February 1771), received Master before 1738.
The presence, in the Cognacq-Jay Collection, of three secretaries of ladies with flaps and another making jewelry chest, shapes, decorations and interior arrangements almost identical to ours, is not without surprising us. This type of furniture corresponded to Ernest Cognacq's taste, and more broadly, to the Belle Epoque taste for feminine furniture with floral decoration. Another secretary with a flap, bearing the double stamp of Jean Lapie and Charles Chevallier, is preserved in the Collections of the Carnavalet Museum in Paris (Legacy of Madame Henriette Bouvier. 1965 - Inv. MB 428). In her Recueil sur le Mobilier Domestique, Nicole de Reyniès refers to this type of piece of furniture as a desk-top secretary.
Really good condition
Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIème siècle, page 194, Pierre Kjellberg, Les Editions de l'Amateur - 2002, France
Le Mobilier Domestique, Tome 2, page 1104, Nicole de Reyniès, Imprimerie Nationale, Paris - 1992, France
Le Mobilier du Musée Cognacq-Jay, pages 42 à 47, Isabelle Néto, Editions des Musées de la Ville de Paris - 2001, France
Le Mobilier du Musée Carnavalet, pages 132 et 133, Anne Forray-Carlier, Editions Faton, Dijon - 2000, France