Precious wood and gilded bronze marquetry
H. 39.7 - L.31.5 - P.14.5 cm
Lovely miniature secretary in Louis XV style with flap said master's degree in precious wood marquetry and finely chiseled gilt bronze. In the upper part, the secretary has a large drawer under the top and the flap opens onto two storage compartments and 4 drawers. In the lower part, the secretary opens with two leaves. The inlay on the flap represents one of the fables of Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695):
"The Fox and the Stork"
Compère le Renard one day got cold,
and withheld dinner, Gossip la Cigogne.
The treat was small and without much preparation:
The gallant for any job,
Had a clear brew; he lived scantily.
This broth was served by him on a plate:
The Stork with the long beak could not catch a crumb;
And the funny guy had lapped it all in a moment.
To take revenge for this deception,
Some time later, the Stork begs him.
"Gladly," he said to her, "because with my friends
I am not making a ceremony. "
At the appointed time, he ran home
From the Stork his hostess;
Very much praised politeness;
Found the dinner cooked to perfection:
Good appetite above all; Foxes are not lacking.
He rejoiced at the smell of meat
Cut into small pieces, and which he believed to be fond.
They served, to embarrass him,
In a vase with a long neck and a narrow mouth.
The beak of the Stork could well pass there;
But the sire's muzzle was of another measure.
He had to return home on an empty stomach,
Ashamed as a fox that a hen would have taken,
Squeezing the tail, and wearing low the ear.
Deceivers, it is for you that I am writing:
Expect the same.
(Fables, by Jean de la Fontaine - 17th century)
Master's degree secretary in precious wood marquetry, 19th century