Furniture from France at mid 19th century beautifully decorated by Mathieu Befort (Befort Jeune). From a family of ébénistes, he was the son of the son of the renowned cabinetmaker Jean-Baptiste Befort.

Meuble d’Apparat ceremonial cabinet in blackened wood and Boulle style marquetry with full brass door and on the uprights. ca. 1865. Napoleon III. French. Wood frame with brass and bronze. Maker’s marks: signed “Befort Jeune.” Image © La Galerie Napoléon 3 and Fair use license. via
Double door cabinet in Boule style marquetry with brass nets and door panels inlaid with tortoiseshell brown scales showing the “official” cut style of Befort Jeune furniture doors and cutouts and with gilt bronze ornaments also in the traditional style of Befort Jeune taking up the gods Xeres and Dyonisius the god of wine, fertility and the theatre. Soignies black marble top, interior with two shelves. ca. 1865. Napoleon III. French. Brass, wood, marble, pearwood, and tortoiseshell. Maker’s marks: signature of Befort Jeune in several places on the base and slices of the lateral uprights. Image ©, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via
Pair of corner cabinets with gilt bronze mounts and marquetry depicting the Four Seasons, in the manner of Andre-Charles Boulle. Each cabinet has a gilt foliate banded black marble top over a pair of doors, each inlaid with arabesque scrollwork and mounted with a gilt bronze relief figure representing the seasons. ca. 1870. Louis XIV in style. Béfort Jeune, maker. Stamped to the reverse of the bronze mounts “BJ” and “SS”. Image ©, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via

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