A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Vitrine, The Bronze Mounts by Henri Picard.
Stamped ‘P’ to the reverse of the gilt-bronze mounts for Henri Picard.
This exceptional Louis XVI style vitrine is of sought after proportions and enriched with sumptuous gilt-bronze mounts by the master fondeur and doreur Henri Picard.
Of rectangular form, the vitrine has a scrolling gilt-bronze acanthus frieze centred by a tablet depicting a putto Hermes receiving a letter to deliver from a pair of putti who sit next to a brazier and an attendant dog. Below is a pair of bevelled glass doors, the lower sections of which are enriched with superb gilt-bronze mounts depicting chimerical sphinxes, the doors are flanked by uprights headed by masks of Ceres and terminating in vases issuing flowers. The vitrine has corresponding glazed sides and opens to a fitted interior with two glass shelves and is raised on stiff-leaf cast toupie feet.
French, Circa 1880.