Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley - Small "Bureau de dame" Full Screen

Small "Bureau de dame"

Stamped "BEURDELEY A PARIS"

Marqueted with amaranth and king-wood, fitted with a brown leather writing surface within a moulded border, with a frieze writing-surface pulling forward, each side opening by one drawer, on four cabriole legs headed by foliate cast mounts, on foliate cast feet.

Stamped BEURDELEY A PARIS down under.

The most famous firm of 19th century bronzers, Beurdeley of Paris. established by Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley, specialized in highly wrought objects in ormolu, mainly in the Louis XVI style. They also produced furniture of the highest standards.

19th Century.

Dimensions :

Height : 28 in.
Width : 38 in. ¼
Depth : 20 in.

Literature :

Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Le mobilier français du 19ème siècle, Les Editions de l’Amateur.Christopher Payne, 19th Century European Furniture, Antique Collector’s Club, Woodbridge.

Artist's biography :

The Beurdeley family is one of the most important dynasty of furniture makers of the 19th Century.

Three generations, working from 1818 to 1895, achieved the highest standards of quality.

The Beurdeley are very renowned for their extraordinary metalwork. The ormolu mounts on their furniture are always of the best quality. Using the techniques of mercurial gilding and hand chasing, they can easily compare to the 18th Century bronze makers.

The founder of the dynasty, Jean Beurdeley (1772-1853), sat up in Paris in 1804.

There he started a small company and steadily built a reputation.

Established by 1804 at 355, rue Saint-Honoré until 1818 and 364, rue Saint-Honoré from 1820 to 1839, he moved then to the famous Hanover Pavilion situated on the corner of rue Louis-le-Grand and Boulevard des Italiens, having already met success at this time.

His son, Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley (1808-1882), became famous.
He took over his father’s business, still located at the Hanover Pavilion where he was creating furniture mainly inspired by Louis XVI period.

Louis Beurdeley was one of the most talented furniture and works of art maker of the second part of the 19th Century.

Under the Second Empire he became one of the main suppliers for the Garde Meuble Imperial. He created furniture for the wedding of Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie and was a purveyor to many European Royal Families.

He also participated in the Universal Exhibitions in Paris in 1855 and 1867 where he received many medals for the high quality and originality of his work.

Louis Beurdeley used to stamp his work with the initials “BY”.

Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley (1847-1919), worked at first with his father and eventually succeeded him in 1875 and went on with the same style until the end of the company in 1895.
He kept the shop at Hanover Pavilion and also had workshops at 20 and 24, rue Dautancourt.

He achieved great success like his father. Along with Dasson, Grohé, Fourdinois, the other famous cabinet maker of the time, he took part in the 1878 Universal Exhibition in Paris were he was awarded the Gold Medal. This glory allowed him to open a shop in New-York. His participation in the 1883 Amsterdam Universal Exhibition gave him even more success and he soon became “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur”, France’s highest official mark of recognition.

Beurdeley stopped trading in 1895 and the stock was sold in auctions.
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