A Pair of Marquetry and Ormolu-Mounted Pedestals
Attributed to Joseph Cremer
Constructed from tulipwood, each pedestal of tapering rectangular form and dressed with ornamental gilt bronze mounts of female and bacchic masks, the front incorporating intricate marquetry panels depicting floral arrangements, butterflies and parrots executed in various specimen woods on a stained black background in the style first pioneered by André-Charles Boulle in his early work for the French court; the Carrara marble tops set within ormolu egg-and-dart mouldings.
French, circa 1860
Alongside his original designs, Cremer was noted for his copies emulating Boulle furniture. These pedestals follow Boulle’s early designs for a series of cabinets incorporating marquetry birds and flowers made around 1680, including the cabinet in the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch and the baron de Breteuil’s cabinet on show at Versailles.