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  • PIASA will continue to chart the history of ceramics on 12 April 2018, when nearly 80 unique works by Milan’s Guido De Zan will be offered during the sale of Italian Design. The pieces come from De Zan’s personal collection, and form the first part of the auction.

  • Paris, February 2018 – PIASA’s first auction of Scandinavian Design in 2018, on February 15, yielded a total of €2.1 million. This new sale devoted to the Nordic creativity, replete with big-name masterpieces, confirms PIASA as leaders on the Design market.

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    Wednesday 7 March from 10am to 6pm
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    Saturday 10 March 2018 from 11am to 6pm
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    Tuesday 13 March 2018 from 10am to 6pm
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Discovery of a Landmark In 18th Century Design l Rare Bureau Plat assigned to the States General, attributed to Noël Gérard (1685-1736) l THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2016 – 2PM

A DESIGN OF TIMELESS ELEGANCE

The PIASA sale of Jewellery, Old Master Paintings & Drawings, Furniture & Objets d’Art on 16 June 2016 (with Pierre-François Dayot officiating as expert for the latter two specialities) will feature a remarkable, ormolu-mounted, ebonized pearwood Régence bureau plat attributed to Noël Gérard.

When the multi-legged Bureau Mazarin fell out of fashion after 1700, cabinet-makers sought to design a new style of desk. In 1710 André Charles Boulle (1642-1732) definitively abandoned existing models and conceived an extended form of writingtable known as a bureau plat, whose main challenge lay in the relationship between the size of the desk-top and the reduced number of legs. Other cabinet-makers would follow Boulle’s lead in making four-legged, large-topped desks throughout the 18th century.

The bureau plat to be offered at PIASA belongs to a group of several desks of similar design, shape, decoration and technique, including the one stamped NG in the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio (cf A. Pradère: Les Ebénistes Français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, p.112); one now in the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal in Paris, thought to have been owned by the Duchesse du Maine; and three in Bavaria – in the Bayerisches Museum in Munich, the Neue Residenz in Bamberg, and the Residenz in Ansbach (formerly owned by the Margraves of Brandenburg).