A Pair of Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Card Tables

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Object Description

A Fine Pair of Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Card Tables by Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener, The bronze mounts designed by Léon Messagé.

French, Circa 1890.

Zwiener title ‘table à jeu à marqueterie de fleurs’.

Each card table has a finely inlaid floral marquetry, serpentine hinged top, within reeded and acanthus cast rims. The top opening to the superb original baize lined playing surface. The shaped frieze with scrolling foliate surrounds on pull out cabriole legs, each headed by finely cast ribbon-tied cornucopia clasps and terminating in scrolling foliate cast sabots.

The delicate fusion of exuberant rococo and art nouveau, and in particular the characteristic handling of the foliate chutes to the angles of the tables, reveals the hand of the gifted sculptor and designer Léon Messagé who collaborated with Zwiener for the 1882 Exhibition in Paris and later worked with François Linke on his important stand for the 1900 Paris Exhibition.

An example of this model of card table by Zwiener is illustrated by Camille Mesdagh in ‘L’Ameublement d’Art Français, 1850-1900’.

Object History

Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener (1848- 1895) was one of the leading furniture makers of the end of the nineteenth century. Of German extraction he established a very successful studio in Paris, producing the very finest furniture, often inspired by the public collections in France. He employed as his sculptor, Léon Messagé, the genius Parisian sculptor.

Zwieners pieces were acquired by many of the leading collectors of the nineteenth century. In particular he supplied his interpretation of the famous Bureau du Roi to Ludwig II at Herrenchiemsee, which was placed in the King’s study in 1884.

Object Literature

Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Pierre. L’Ameublement d’Art Français, 1850-1900, Les Editions de L’Amateur, (Paris), 2010; pp.166-168, Fig. 187-188.

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