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Double Stamp "migeon - Hedouin" - A Slope Desk Called Dos d'Âne - Louis XV

Double Stamp "migeon - Hedouin" - A Slope Desk Called Dos d'Âne - Louis XV
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"Double Stamp "migeon - Hedouin" - A Slope Desk Called Dos d'Âne - Louis XV"
Superb SLOPE DESK called DON'T BACK LOUIS XV, all sides, in Piolit rosewood veneer (rosewood inlaid in diamonds. (Said in heap of sand - Régence patterns) and violet wood inside)
It opens with a flap revealing a pretty purple-plated interior with, 6 walnut drawers each decorated with a bronze button, 2 shelves and a secret with 2 drawers.
2 other secret drawers are hidden behind a plinth under the tiered drawers
The base is curved, with magnificent Louis XV clogs in gilded bronze on the 4 feet.
An astragal in gilded bronze highlights the 3 main faces of the base
One of the 6 drawers is stamped on both sides: HEDOUIN
The interior of the flap is covered with dark leather, gilded with a small iron.

This desk is doubly stamped on the lower crosspieces
Rear cross member P. MIGEON IV; crosspiece before J.B. HEDOUIN.
Part of this stamp (J. B.) is erased as if there had been a plane cut.
Louis XV period - 18th century

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Jean-Baptiste HEDOUIN
Jean-Baptiste Hedouin (Died in January 1783) Cabinetmaker-inlayer. Paris. Master on May 22, 1738. In his workshop on rue Traversière-Saint-Antoine, Hedouin produced chests of drawers, secretaries adorned with various inlays, often with geometric patterns in the Louis XV style.

The life of Jean-Baptiste Hedouin is relatively unknown.
After being received at his master's on May 22, 1738, he set up his workshop on rue Traversière-Saint-Antoine.
All the furniture he produced was of good quality. mainly Regency and Louis XV style, almost all clad in veneer.
The latter, in sheets or in grids, were varied: wardrobes, flat and sloping desks, bookcases ... but it was the dressers that made up most of his production. The majority of them adopted the bulky and heavy forms of the Regency style. Others had lighter curved lines, the upright and the apron highlighted by golden bronzes.
Having found his stamp on certain pieces of furniture next to that of his colleague Migeon, it is assumed that Hédouin also worked for merchants. After a long career, Jean-Baptiste Hedouin died at home, rue Traversiere-Saint-Antoine, in 1783.


Pierre IV MIGEON
Migeon Pierre IV (1696-1758) - master's degree obtained around 1725:
The most famous of his line, Pierre Migeon IV, cabinetmaker as well as merchant, stands out with furniture with a delicious mix between tradition and modernity.
Coming from a family of cabinetmakers, all named Pierre, Pierre IV Migeon is the son of Pierre III Migeon and Judith Mesureur.
Fourth in its lineage, it alone raises the interest of amateurs. Presumably trained in the factory of his father or stepfather, his activity took place in the first half of the 18th century when the use of the stamp became widespread. If its date of mastery remains hypothetical, its fame is known by numerous signed pieces of furniture, made from its factory on rue de Charenton. The latter are delivered to a rich aristocratic clientele among which we count the Duke of Orleans, the Duchess of Rohan, the Duchess of Epernon, the Marshal of Noailles but also several bishops and ambassadors.
From the 1740s, he delivered works for the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne and the Menus-Plaisirs. It benefits from the protection of the Marquise de Pompadour. He also has many clients in France and abroad. If Migeon's profession is that of cabinetmaker, he also practices as a merchant. He then collaborated with many cabinetmakers, among the most renowned of his time.
The stamp of these cabinetmakers is thus very often visible not far from that of the merchant.

In general, his furniture is characterized by a sobriety of line and decor, a discreet, measured elegance, marked by a play of monochrome decorations, with wood essences of similar tones like violet wood and satin. In terms of structure, Migeon favors furniture with marked lines. Neither does he neglect the more feminine lines.
In terms of decor and decorative games, he presents himself as the cabinetmaker of veneer and to a lesser degree of marquetry. Wood lover, he was one of the first to use mahogany. One of the most characteristic patterns in its way is the so-called butterfly wing veneer, obtained by oblique cutting of the wood. Many of his pieces of furniture, from the Louis XV commode to the corner, from the in-between furniture to the slope office thus take on this decor.
Even if they are less typical, Pierre Migeon also makes inlays of diamonds, cubes or flowers of very good quality.
As for the bronzes, they are almost absent in the cabinetmaker. The most loaded appear on chest of drawers with three rows of Regency style drawers. Migeon’s workshop finally realizedfurniture of small dimensions and lighter forms - in particular a model of secretary of violin shape, reading tables or desks of slope in the rockery style.

After his death, his son, Pierre Migeon V, kept his factory and his business, still on rue de Charenton, but encouraged the furniture trade to the detriment of cabinetmaking.
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