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The Beurdeley Collection. An exceptional ormolu-mounted maple, amaranth and espenille marquetry, specimen marble and pietre dure inlaid secrétaire à abattant by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1880. Estimate: £80,000 - 120,000, US$ 130,000 - 200,000, € 92,000 - 140,000. Photo Bonhams.

LONDON.- The private collection of one of the finest furniture maker’s of his time, Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley (1847-1919), is to be sold at Bonhams, New Bond Street, as part of its Fine European Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art sale on 6 July 2011.

Emmanuel Alfred took over his family business in 1875. It was started in 1807 by his grandfather, Jean Beurdeley (1772-1853), as a ‘marchand de curiosités’, and succeeded by his father, Louis Auguste, who became a prominent dealer in French furniture and objets d’arts in Paris. Louis Auguste also founded a workshop, which was later developed by Emmanuel Alfred.

When the business finally closed in 1895, most of the furniture and works of art created and collected by the Beurdeley family were sold at auction. However Emmanuel Alfred kept several pieces, which were taken to his hotel particulier in Paris and later bequeathed to his children.

Among these items, several of which are to be sold by Bonhams, is a pietre dure secrétaire considered to be one of Emmanuel Alfred’s masterpieces and that was used by his wife, which has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £80,000 – 120,000; an amaranth, tulipwood and kingwood marquetry commode, expected to fetch £50,000 – 80,000; a lacquer desk based on a model by Nicolas Pierre Séverin, currently to be seen in the Louvre museum, which is expected to sell for £60,000 – 100,000; and a Louis XVI style mahogany and ebony cabinet, which has been estimated at £40,000 – 60,000.

Camille Mestdagh, Senior Specialist in Bonhams’ Fine European Furniture Department, comments: “After almost 10 years researching Beurdeley’s oeuvre I can attest how rarely his works come onto the market. We are even more honoured to be offering these exceptional pieces directly from his descendants, therefore fresh to the market and in original condition: a great opportunity for discerning collectors!”

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The Beurdeley Collection. A rare ormolu-mounted ebony and ebonised Japanese lacquer bureau plat in the rocaille style by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1880. Estimate: £60,000 - 100,000, US$ 99,000 - 160,000, € 69,000 - 120,000. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. n impressive ormolu-mounted amaranth, tulipwood and kingwood marquetry bombé commode by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1880. Estimate: £50,000 - 80,000, US$ 82,000 - 130,000, € 58,000 - 92,000.. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. A Louis XVI style ormolu and blue jasper plaques mounted plum-pudding mahogany and ebony meuble à hauteur d'appui by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1880. Estimate: £40,000 - 60,000, US$ 66,000 - 99,000, € 46,000 - 69,000. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. An ormolu-mounted ebony and aventurine lacquer console desserte by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1880. Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000, US$ 33,000 - 49,000, € 23,000 - 35,000. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. An ormolu-mounted ebony and aventurine lacquer console desserte by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1880. Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000, US$ 33,000 - 49,000, € 23,000 - 35,000. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. An ormolu-mounted mahogany Louis XVI style occasional table by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1880. Estimate: £8,000 - 12,000, US$ 13,000 - 20,000, € 9,200 - 14,000. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. A French 18th century white painted Louis XVI bed with the Beurdeley monogram. Estimate: £5,000 - 8,000, US$ 8,200 - 13,000, € 5,800 - 9,200. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. A Louis XVI style giltwood tabouret en éperon by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1890. Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000, US$ 4,900 - 8,200, € 3,500 - 5,800. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. A Louis XVI style giltwood fauteuil en cabriolet by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1890. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000, US$ 3,300 - 4,900, € 2,300 - 3,500. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. A set of four Louis XVI style white painted chairs by Emmanuel-Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1890. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000, US$ 3,300 - 4,900, € 2,300 - 3,500. Photo Bonhams.

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The Beurdeley Collection. A French Louis XVI style giltwood fauteuil à la reine by Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, circa 1890. Estimate: £1,500 - 2,500, US$ 2,500 - 4,100, € 1,700 - 2,900. Photo Bonhams.

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 Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley's hotel particulier, in the Chambre de M.Beurdeley, rue de Clichy in Paris

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 Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley's hôtel particulier, in the bibliothèque, rue de Clichy in Paris

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Alfred Beurdeley's hôtel particulier, in the "petit salon", rue de Clichy in Paris

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Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley's hôtel particulier, in the salon des dessins, rue de Clichy in Paris

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 Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley's hotel particulier, in the Chambre de M.Beurdeley, rue de Clichy in Paris

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Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley's hôtel particulier, together with the copy of the bureau du roi in the Galerie, rue de Clichy in Paris

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Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley's hôtel particulier, in the salon des dessins, rue de Clichy in Paris