A Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Salon Table
FRANCE, Circa 1900
REF No. B70885
With an Ivorine plaque to the underside for 'AMEUBLEMENTS DE STYLE Mercier Freres 100 Faubourg St Antoine Paris'.
Width :65 cm | 25⁵/₈ in
Depth :43 cm | 16⁷/₈ in
This fine petite salon table has a shaped gilt-bronze banded top inlaid with radiating parquetry above a frieze drawer centred by a foliate gilt-bronze mount. The table is raised on slender cabriole legs headed by foliate clasps and united by a shaped undertier. The legs terminating in scrolled foliate clasps.
Mercier Frères made furniture for the Spanish court in 1855 and participated in many of the major 19th century exhibition, inlcuding the Exposition des produits de l'industrie française in 1844 and 1849 and received medals at London in 1852 and in Paris in 1855.
François Linke is known to have produced items of furniture for Mercier Frères.
In the Twentieth Century, the brothers incorporated the contemporary Art Deco style alongside their traditional furniture, exhibiting an office in the 1924 Salon des Artistes Decorateurs. They also exhibited in the two 1929 Salons and became particularly well known for their traditional use of wood. In the 1925 exhibition at the Esplanade des Invalides, Stand 48, they exhibited with firms such as Sormani. In the 1920's a new gallery was opened at the Palais de Marbre at 77 Champs-Elysées.
'Les Echos des Industries d'art', September 1926.
Ledous-Lebard, Denise Les Ebénistes du XIX Siècle, Editions de l'Amateur, (Paris) 1984 , p.479