A fine pair of Louis XIV style gilt bronze and Boulle marquetrie mounted ebonized cabinets in the manner of André-Charles Boulle
Each with a marble top. The front with a door, brass inlaid with arabesque scoll work, each mounted with gilt relief figures respresenting Aspasia and Socrates beneath a canopy, the angles headed by bearded herms, the breakfront base fronted by a cornucopia flanked Apollo mark.
The central figurative mounts of Socrates and Aspasia representing „Wisdom and Religion“, derive from André-Charles Boulle, ebeniste, ciseleur, doreur et sculptur du Roi from 1672 to 1732, who in turn was propably inspired by the painting of Aspasia, Queen of Egypt, among the Philosophers of Greece, by Michel Corneille the younger on the cailing cove of the Salon des Nobles de la Reine at Versailles.
Similar figures are in a drawing by Boulle fo ran armoire in the collection of the Musée des Art Décoratifs, on two armoires formerly at Hamilton Palace, now in the Musée du Louvre, and on eight Louis XIV medal cabinets earlier in the Grande Galerie in the Palais de Saint-Cloud (P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection – Catalogue of Furniture II, London, 1996, pp. 695-696).
Almost identical mounts separated by a sphinx below a curtained baldachin feature on a pair of contre-partie encoignaure attributed to Martin Carlin, maître in 1766, now in the Wallace Collection (F 414-5).
Height: ca. 119,5 cm, Width: ca. 96,5 cm, Depth: ca. 49,5 cm
Paris, probably by Mathieu Beford, dit Beford Jeune, Paris
Paris mid 19th century