5, place du Grand Sablon, 1000 Bruxelles
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Costermans & Pelgrims de Bigard

Since 1839 six generations of antique dealers and collectors have alternated at House Costermans, showing exceptional works of Art as a result of their passion for Art and continual research.

In the heart of the prestigious Sablon neighborhood, the Costermans family presents in their unique XVIIIth century Mansion, a selection of old masters paintings in partnership with Cédric Pelgrims de Bigard, and decorative Arts from the XVIIth to the XIXth century. Costermans is member of ROCAD, SNA, and CINOA.

Attributed to Renaud GAUDRON, Mazarin Desk, Circa 1700

Attributed to Renaud GAUDRON
(around 1653-1727)

Mazarin Desk

Circa 1700

82 cm high; 118 cm wide; 69 cm deep

Desk with eight feet in Mazarin shape, marquetry on an ebony background, the front opening to seven drawers and a small door.

It is decorated overall with floral patterns and volutes, the center is inlaid with a flower vase on a platform of additional volutes and geometric motifs interspersed with sphinxes, musicians playing tambourines and trumpets, rustic masks, and putti with tin inlays. The sides are also inlaid, above a frieze drawer and a knee-inlaid cupboard door with a strand of ivory flowers, flanked by two rows of three drawers with gilded escutcheons, separated by chamfered posts, on tapered square feet joined by two undulating cross braces. It rests on spinning top feet.

This type of marquetry first appeared in the 1670s on several fashionable types of furniture at that time. These included chests, cabinets, and desks known as Mazarin, notably crafted by the cabinetmaker Pierre Gole.


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