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Portefeuille-écritoire d'André-François Le Berthon<br/> &copy; madd Bordeaux - L. Gauthier
Portefeuille-écritoire d'André-François Le Berthon
©madd Bordeaux - L. Gauthier
object n°38

Portefeuille-écritoire d'André-François Le Berthon

Circa 1760

This portefeuille-écritoire is a utility object of great refinement. Covered in red Morocco leather and decorated with rocaille motifs, it holds silver objects datable back to 1782 with the following dedication inscribed in gold letters : "Mr Le Berthon, first president of the Bordeaux Parliament". This inscription, seemingly obvious to the casual glance, could actually refer to one of the two Le Berthon family members who succeeded each other in that function in the middle of the 18th century. A testimony of the taste of great parliamentary Bordeaux families, this object has yet to unveil more of its secrets.

object n°38 (pdf)

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objet n°31
Legs de Georges Périé, 1945 - Inv 78 23
object n°46
Purchase by City of Bordeaux, 1971, inv. 71.4.1
object n°42
object n°40
Circa 1745
object n°37
Circa 1735
object n°33
The second half of the XVIIIth century
object n°32
Produced between 1948 and 1960
object n°30
The first half of the XXth century
object n°29
Last quarter of the XVIIIth century