A Fine Pair of Napoleon III Boulle Marquetry Cabinets

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Object Description

A Fine Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze, Cut-Brass and Boulle Marquetry Inlaid Cabinets Attributed to Monbro.

Each cabinet has a rectangular granite top above an ogee shaped frieze with finely cast acanthus corner claps set between gilt-bronze egg and dart and fruited vine borders. Below is a panelled cupboard door set with a fine cut-brass, pewter, and stained horn ‘contrpartie’ Boulle marquetry panel of scrolling foliage and plamettes, flanked by uprights headed by gilt-bronze foliate volutes and inlaid with corresponding Boulle marquetry panels; the sides centred by gilt-bronze trophy mounts. Each cabinet has a shaped apron with a central flowerhead rosette and is raised on spiral turned toupie feet.

French, Circa 1870.

Object History


The famous Parisian firm of Monbro was founded around 1801 and became during the 19th century one of Europe’s most celebrated firms, supplying furniture to Louis-Philippe, the Duchesse d’Aumale and the Palais de Saint-Cloud. They exhibited at the Exposition des Produits de l’Industrie in 1844 and the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, displaying exceptional items incorporating Florentine ‘pietre dure’ inlay. The firm also maintained a shop in London in the 1860s at Frith Street, Soho, showing its importance at the time. Today their work can be found in important private collections, royal collections and museums across the world including the Musée D’ Orsay and the The Bowes Museum.

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