n Important Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze and Ivory Dressing Mirror By Duvinage & Maison Giroux .
Signed ‘FD Bté and Alph. Giroux Paris’.
This exceptional dressing mirror, with its rare ivory-ground marquetry, is surmounted by an oval crest, flanked by foliate garlands above two arched doors. Each door is finely inlaid in ivory with a bird amongst flowering plants. The doors open to reveal triple mirrors.
This highly decorative technique of ivory-ground marquetry was probably first shown at the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle, where Duvinage’s widow exhibited pieces marked ‘Bté’. Luxurious artworks and small items of furniture were produced, incorporating traditional French forms and gilded mounts with the stylised aesthetics of Japonism.
On 4 June 1877, following Duvinages death, his widow had filed a ‘Brevet d’Invention [patent] … pour une mosaique combinée avec cloisonnements métallique, pour objets artistiques et d’ameublement …”.
The patent deed included a descriptive memoir …
“The new kind of mosaic which is the object of this request by Brevet is intended to enhance and decorate artistic furniture in general. It has an ivory foundation appliquéd by a collage or by a panel or a wooden base or other material; the pieces of ivory are separated by bands or metallic grooves, and the decorative subjects are birds, flowers, etc, produced by inlays or mother of pearl appliques or other materials of various nuances. One obtains through this triple combination of ivory, mother-of-pearl and decorative metal and partitioning, more attractive effects”.