A Napolen III ormolu mounted ebonised two door side cabinet by Mathieu Befort. Black marble top above a decorated frieze, two doors with shelf behind ,standing on turned feet. The cabinet is stamped Befort Jeune, this being Mathieu Befort(1813-1880) who received a medal at the 1844 Exposition de L'Industrie Francais for his fine work as a result of which he became a purveyor to Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie. The cabinet is in good condition bar the normal shrinkage cracks and there is evidence that at some time there were mounts at the top of the side panels and right hand door(see photos) which is reflected in the price. French Circa 1860.
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