A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Side Cabinets

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Object Description

A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Side Cabinets In The Manner of Adam Weisweiler, By Maison Millet.

French, Circa 1890.

Stamped to the gilt-bronze mounts ‘MB’ for Maison Millet.

This very fine pair of side cabinets are of demi-lune form with three quarter galleries and shaped white marble inset tops above a lambrequin border and three frieze drawers. Below are three cupboard doors flanked by half-fluted columns, raised on fluted tapering legs with gilt-bronze caps.

Object History

Maison Millet was established by Blaise Millet in 1853, and continued by his son Theodore until 1902 from premises at 11 rue Jacques-Coeur, Paris, before relocating to 23 boulevard Beaumarchais.

Maison Millet was an active client of François Linke.

Adam Weisweiler was German-born. Although scholars know nothing about his apprenticeship and early training, records show that he was established in Paris in 1777, the year he was married. He became a maître-ébéniste in 1778, and set up his workshop in the unfashionable quarter of Paris on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, and worked mainly for the marchands merciers. These middlemen, such as Dominique Daguerre, would then sell Weisweiler’s works to members of the French court, including Queen Marie-Antoinette, the king of Naples, and England’s Prince Regent (later George IV).

Object Literature

Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Pierre. L’Ameublement d’Art Français, 1850-1900, Les Editions de L’Amateur, (Paris), 2010.

Meyer, Jonathan. Great Exhibitions – London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2006; pps. 276, 317, 320.

Ledoux – Lebard, Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Les Editions de L’Amateur, (Paris), 1984; pp. 484-486.

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