A Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Jardiniere by Maison Alphonse Giroux.
French, Circa 1860.
Stamped ‘Maison Alph GIROUX’ a Paris’.
This elegant jardiniere is in the form of an oval basket suspended between ropes by two finely cast putti. The jardiniere retains its original painted metal liner.
Maison Giroux was founded by Francois-Simon-Alphonse Giroux in 1799 at 7 rue du Coq-Saint-Honoré, Paris. The store, specialising in small luxury goods and curiosities, expanded rapidly in the first half of the nineteenth century,
Francois oversaw the manufacture and design of small items of furniture until his death in 1848. He won the ‘Prix de Rome’ in 1825, and a silver medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1834.
Under the direction of Giroux’s sons, Alphonse-Gustave and André, the company flourished and became by the late 1860’s one of the most pre-eminent Parisian Maison de Haute Luxe (luxury stores).
In 1867, Ferdinand Duvinage, a cousin of Alphonse-Gustave and André, took over the management of the business alongside a Mr Harinkouck.