Amaranth, Marquetry and Parquetry

With a grey-veined white marble with canted corners, above a vitruvian ormolu scroll frieze; fitted with a drawer, the fall-front inlaid with a musical trophy, enclosing open compartments, drawers and a well. Above a pair of cupboard doors inlaid with a vase of flowers, mounted at the angles with neoclassical plaques and on paw feet, stamped twice L BOUDIN and JME.

A very similar secretaire is illustrated in Les ebenistes du XVIII siècle Français, p.121, fig. 4.

Provenance:

Given by Gustave de Rothschild to Zoe de Rothschild on her marriage, in 1882, to Baron Leon Lambert

By decent to Baron Phillippe Lambert.

 

Zoe de Rothschild

Zoe de Rothschild was one of two daughters of Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911) whose father was Baron James Mayer de Rothschild, the original founder of the French branch of the Rothschild family. Baron James was the fifth son of Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744–1812), who was a German banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty. He sent each of his five sons to a prominent European commercial centre in order to found branches of the family banking empire. Baron Leon Lambert, father Samuel Lambert, was also a banker and had started Banque Lambert in 1840 and, after merging with Banque Brussels in 1974, became one of Belgian largest banks. Both the Lambert and Rothschild families have been famous art collectors over many generations.

Leonard Boudin:   

Leonard Boudin (1735-1804), was an independent & leading ébéniste who worked in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine district of Paris until 1767. Throughout his career, Boudin was renowned for his incredible skill in marquetry, parquetry and lacquer. He became a master ébéniste in 1761 and his reputation was further enhanced after he supplied a bureau-plat to Gilles Joubert (marchand-ébéniste to the Garde-Meuble Royal) for the Comte de Provence at Compiègne, and a commode for the Comte at Fontainebleau in 1771.  Among his other patrons were le Chevalier d'Arc and le Marquis de Castelmore. Boudin even supplied furniture to a number of fellow ébénistes, including Pierre Migeon, Gérard Péridiez, Roger Vandercruse (RVLC) and Louis Moreau. After a number of significant commissions, Boudin became one of the leading marchand-merciers and opened a shop in the Rue Froidmanteau in the early 1770s. The marchand-merciers were a combination of entrepreneurs, designers,

antique dealers and furniture commissioners who were important in setting the styles in design and inspiration for interiors in France during the 18th century. As a marchand-mercier, Boudin commissioned pieces from other leading makers, such as Gilbert, Roussel, Latz, Chevallier, Foullet, Bayer and Topino, whose stamps are found on a number of pieces, stamped again by Boudin in his role as retailer. Boudin transferred his business to the cloister of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois in 1777. He also offered his services in interior design, as evidenced in his collaboration in the furnishing of the duchesse d'Arenberg's residence in the rue de la Ville-l'Evêque.

Some of the most important pieces of furniture bearing Boudin's stamp are in the collections of the Louvre, Carnavalet, Chateau de Versailles, The Royal Collection in England, Cleveland Museum of Art, V&A Museum in London, Kunst Husgeradskam in Stockholm. Please see for reference: Dictionnaire des Ebenistes et des Menuisiers, “Le Mobilier Francais Du XVIII Siecle”, by Pierre Kjellberg.