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A French 18th century Louis XV walnut Duchesse en bateau. By Jean-Baptiste Gourdin, Paris © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd

The channelled rail centred to the top by carved flowers, the curved back on padded armrests with scroll supports, the waived apron carved with flowers, on cabriole legs, the underside of the carcass stamped I.Gourdin, covered with green-ground silk floral upholstery, 215cm wide, 84cm deep, 98cm high (84.5" wide, 33" deep, 38.5" high). Sold for AUD 11,520 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

Note: Jean-Baptiste Gourdin, maître in 1748.

Bonhams. The Andre & Cecile Fink Liquidation Sale, 31 Oct 2010. Sydney www.bonhams.com