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A Fine Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Corner Cabinet

FRANCE, Circa 1870

REF No. B62134

The Gilt-Bronze mounts stamped on the back 'HPR' for Henri Picard.


Height :108 cm | 54¹/₂ in
Width :90 cm | 47³/₈ in
Depth :69 cm | 27¹/₈ in


A Fine Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Corner Cabinet with an Algerian Onyx Marble Top.

The Gilt-Bronze mounts stamped on the back 'HPR' for Henri Picard.

The cabinet has shaped Algerian onyx marble top above a gilt-bronze guilloche and flower head frieze. The curved front has gilt-bronze mounted uprights flanking an ebonised door, finely inlayed with fruitwood marquetry depicting a ribbon tied trophy and flowers with hovering butterflies, all within a gilt-bronze frame. The cabinet is raised on a shaped plinth base with flattened bun feet.

The overall design of the cabinet with its wonderful marquetry inlay on an ebonised background is reminiscent of the designs of the 17th century court cabinetmaker Andre Charles Boulle. André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) was arguably the greatest ever French cabinetmaker. The son of a maitre-menuisier en ébène, Jean Bolt, Boulle was already a master by 1666, and in 1672 was appointed Ébéniste, Ciseleur, Doreur et Sculpteur du Roi (cabinet maker to the King), allowing him to establish workshops in the Louvre. By the time that he died in 1732, Boulle had helped to raise the prestige of the cabinet maker to a level equal to that of the painter, and the aristocratic quality of his work had made him both celebrated and emulated throughout Europe.


The important fondeur and doreur Henri Picard worked in Paris from 1831 to 1884, most notably for the Emperor Napoléon III. He was based in Paris at 6, rue Jarente from 1831 to 1839, before moving to 10, rue de la Perle. The firm was active until around 1890.
Celebrated for the high quality of his production, Henri Picard supplied many important patrons, including garnitures and table pieces for the petits appartements of Emperor Napoléon III at the Louvre. An important pair of twelve-light candelabra by Picard remain in the Musée du Louvre today.

Makers Bibliography:
Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Peter, L'Ameublement d'Art Français, 1850-1900, Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 2010, p 32.

Henri Picard

A Fine Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Corner Cabinet

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