A Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Hardstone Inset Ebonised Pier Cabinet.
The bronze mounts stamped to the reverse ‘PA’.
This impressive side cabinet has fine gilt-bronze mounts set against an ebonised case, further enriched with hardstone panels of floral reliefs in rare agates and marbles.
The cabinet has a rectangular Belgian black marble top above a frieze drawer and two cupboard doors richly mounted with fine pietre dure panels inlaid in high relief with shaded agates and marbles of perching exotic birds in fruited trees. The cupboard doors open to an interior fitted with two ebonised shelves. The doors are framed by gilt-bronze uprights headed by finely cast figural espagnolettes. The cabinet is raised on a shaped plinth base, the apron centred by a fine foliate and acanthus mount.
Of fine quality this cabinet was almost certainly made by one of the leading Parisian ébénistes of the period.
French, Circa 1860.