Presented for sale is a French Napoleon III ebonised cabinet mounted in bronze with hard stone relief Pietra-Dura panels, by French ébéniste, Mathieu (Jeune) Befort (1813 - 1880). A black marble slab surmounts the cabinet over a blind cupboard with a single door. The door is fitted with bronze framed panels of applied semi-precious carved stones configured as vines and birds. Canted corners are mounted with Caryatids and scrolled appliques. The plinth base and side panels are heavily decorated in bronze.
Mathieu Befort was a famous Paris cabinet maker from a family of renown ébénistes. His father was Jean-Baptiste Lefort. Their firm made 19th century pieces in the style of 18th century Boulle furniture. The piece is hand-signed "Befort Jeune" (young), on the reverse of the center insert, as shown, as well as stamped into the door's wood underneath the insert.
The door panel has some losses to the applied hard stone decoration and the single door has been recently reinforced to support its heavy weight. There are also some age related cracks to the wood and marble panels commensurate with age. The cabinet is superb for the collector of fine French signed furniture pieces.
Size: 53 ¼" Height by 40" Width by 16 ¾" Depth.
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