TEUNE

b. 1726; MASTER 1766

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his ebcniste worked in the Faubourg Saint – /ntoine. first in the rue Traversiere and then in the rue de Charonne. Teune specialized in the production of secretaires a cylindrc; this type of furniture which was first made in France by Oeben, Gamier and Boudin, appeared between 1760 and 1765. shortly before Теипё became a master. In the manner of Oeben and Boudin, his first secretaires a cylindre were produced in the rococo style, and curved lines predominated. A number of similar examples are recorded, veneered in tulipwood with amaranth borders: one example is now in the Museum of Fine Arts. Budapest, two others at Vaux-le-Vicomte. The one in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs is unique in having a superstructure with glazed doors.

Between 1775 and 1780 Teune’s desks followed the Neo-classical fashion for straight lines with square tapering legs with triglyphs and gilt-bronze drapery at the corners. The secretaire a cylindre now in the Brit­ish Royal Collection includes within the marquetry the arms of the Comte d’Artois for whose apartment at Versailles Teune supplied several pieces of furni­ture in 1775. Besides this secretaire & cylindre and a second one supplied for the library in the same year Teune also supplied four tulipwood serving-tables of convex form for the Prince’s dining-room.

/323/ Secretaire a cylindre stamped Teune, с. 1775, with trelliswork marquetry. (Private collection I

Nicolas