11155 TABLE A VOLETS IN THE MANNER OF A. BARRAUD Continental. Circa 1820. Measurements: Height: 29” (73.5cm) Width when open: 54 1/4” (137.5 cm) Width when closed: 33 1/4” (84.5 cm) Depth: 22” (56cm)


Of laburnum, satinwood, and brass. The rectangular top with fall flaps with panels edged with brass stringing inside a border filled with laburnum oysters, the top above a frieze set to the front with drawers lined with solid satinwood, the whole raised on outward facing scrolling s-shaped legs joined by a shaped x stretcher and raised on four outward curving feet.

This highly unusual table is almost identical in form to a table stamped A. Barraud (figure 1), formerly in the celebrated collection of Roger Imbert and illustrated in Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Les Ebe énistes du XIXe sie ècle, Paris, 1984, p. 39.

The table shares the same strikingly fluid form of the present piece with the distinctive scrolling s-shaped legs joined by wavy x-stretchers and raised on stylized cabriole feet.

The lateral cuts of Laburnum, arranged in geometric and random patterns, recall the work of the celebrated Grenoble furniture maker Jean-Franc çois Hache (1730-1796). Hache employed his exceptional eye for the grain, texture and colour of different woods in an inventive play of root and contrasting veneers to create pieces of the most individual design.1

In 1840 Barraud was established at premises at 26, rue Neuve Saint-Eustache and 66, rue Saint- Nicholas-d’Antin. His business seems to have thrived as in 1845 he acquired a further premises at 2, boulevard des Italiens.

A bureau by Barraud, today part of the collection of the Mobilier National, was formerly in the collection of the royal residence the Château de Meudon.2

The the present table is of exceptional quality, the use of solid satinwood drawer linings apparently unprecedented. An extraordinary quality of craftsmanship is displayed in the overall execution and in the complexity of the design.


  1. Marianne Clerc, Hache Ebénistes A Grenoble, Musée Dauphinois, 1997.
  2. Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Les Ebénistes du XIXe siècle, Paris, 1984, p. 39.

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