Transitional Style Low Side Table

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Object Description

An Unusual Transitional Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Low Side Table, Attributed to Maison Krieger.

This unusual table has a shaped top centred by an inlaid floral bouquet, above a frieze drawer. It is raised on eight tapering fluted columns, each headed by acanthus leaves and a floral band and joined by a shaped under-tier with similar floral inlay, on spreading acanthus-cast feet.

Object History

Antoine Krieger together with his brother Nicolas launched Maison Krieger in 1826 at 17 rue Saint-Nicolas, Paris, producing and retailing fine quality furniture.

In 1850 the firm was re-formed as Antoine Krieger et Cie. When Antoine Krieger died in 1856, his son-in-law began running the company and decided to change the name to Cosse-Racault et Cie. Finally, in 1880 the name was changed again to Krieger, Damon et Cie when the firm merged with Damon et Colin, and was then located at 74 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine.

Maison Krieger exhibited at the 1849 Exposition des Produits de l’Industrie in Paris and at the Universal Exhibitions of 1851 in London and 1855, again in Paris. At the 1851 Great Exhibition in London Krieger were awarded a medal for an exhibition oak sideboard made for a client from the Ottoman Empire. Maison Krieger created numerous furniture styles, and the firm exhibited at all the major exhibitions of the nineteenth century up to, and including, the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle.

Maison Krieger is recorded as being a very active client of François Linke and occasionally the firm’s label can be found on Linke pieces.

Object Literature

Ledoux-Lebard, Denise, Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Editions de l’Amateur (Paris), 1984, pp. 396.
Mestdagh, Camille and Pierre Lécoules, L’Ameublement d’art français: 1850–1900, Editions de l’Amateur (Paris), 2010.

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