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’.