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MAISON MOTTHEAU ET FILS (founded c.1880) Full Bio

A Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Desk Chair

MAISON MOTTHEAU ET FILS (founded c.1880) Full Bio

A Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Desk Chair

REF No. B72500

France, Circa 1880

H   81 cm | 31 in
W   70 cm | 27 in
D   62 cm | 24 in

Stamped to the reverse of the mounts 'EM' for Maison Mottheau Et Fils.

Maison Mottheau et Fils frequently worked in collaboration with sculptors such as Frédéric-Eugène Piat (d. 1903) producing a wide selection of chandeliers, wall-lights, candelabra and free-standing torchères, and were renowned for their skill in combining function with elaborate decoration.

The introduction of electricity as a means of domestic lighting during the 1890s allowed firms such as Mottheau, whose speciality was lighting fixtures, to take full advantage of the new technology, incorporating it with their decorative designs.

Commenting on the introduction of electricity, the Art Journal wrote of Mottheau's display at the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle:

The French Section shows many examples of fine work applied under the new conditions, but we doubt if a more complete success is to be recorded to the credit of any exhibitor than can be conceded to Messieurs Mottheau et fils.


Makers Bibliography:

The Art Journal , The Paris Exhibition 1900 - An Illustrated Record of its Art, Architecture and Industrie, London; 1900, pp. 86-7.

Meyer, Jonathan , Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 2006, pps. 290, 318 pl. J72.

Artist Biography

Maison Mottheau et Fils frequently worked in collaboration with sculptors such as Frédéric-Eugène Piat (d. 1903) producing a wide selection of chandeliers, wall-lights, candelabra and free-standing torchères, and were renowned for their skill in combining function with elaborate decoration.

The introduction of electricity as a means of domestic lighting during the 1890s allowed firms such as Mottheau, whose speciality was lighting fixtures, to take full advantage of the new technology, incorporating it with their decorative designs.

Commenting on the introduction of electricity, the Art Journal wrote of Mottheau's display at the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle:

The French Section shows many examples of fine work applied under the new conditions, but we doubt if a more complete success is to be recorded to the credit of any exhibitor than can be conceded to Messieurs Mottheau et fils.


Makers Bibliography:

The Art Journal , The Paris Exhibition 1900 - An Illustrated Record of its Art, Architecture and Industrie, London; 1900, pp. 86-7.

Meyer, Jonathan , Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 2006, pps. 290, 318 pl. J72.

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