Overall in good condition with usual traces of ageing
With a rectangular white marble top above a gilt bronze mounted frieze and panelled doors with flowering vase marquetry, flanked on each side by canted corners mounted with gilt bronze paterae and caryatids, all above a moulded apron and on bracket feet. The sides are quarter veneered.
Stamped: Befort Jeune
Dimensions: height 102 cm x width 120 cm x depth 40 cm.
Mathieu Béfort (1813-1880) known as Béfort Jeune always stamped his work ‘Béfort Jeune,’ or had the reverse of his bronze mounts stamped BJ. He was located at 1 and 6 rue Neuve-Saint-Gilles in Paris from 1844 to 1880. He was the son of Jean-Baptiste Béfort (1783-1840), who was of Belgian origin and renowned for having supplied furniture for the apartments of the Duc d'Orléans. His older brother Bernard Béfort was active between 1836 and 1858, which was the date after which Mathieu took over the business until 1878. As a gifted ébèniste-marqueteur he specialized in Boulle-style marquetry and in particularly high quality work inspired by the work of André-Charles-Boulle himself. Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener reputedly took over the Béfort firm circa 1880.
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