This elegant Louis XVI secrétaire à abattant was crafted by the master ébéniste André Gilbert, a craftsman renowned for his extraordinary talent for marquetry. This cabinet is a superb example of his architectural inlaid designs, featuring colorful marquetry in rosewood, amaranth, stained holly, and mother of pearl. The exceptional three-dimensional scene captures a lively architectural landscape with billowing trees, ancient ruins and a bridge over a river leading to a walled town. Framed by a border of inlaid flowers and doré bronze mounts, the scenes are not only a stunning example of the art of marquetry, but also the timeless Neoclassical style.
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