Maison Mottheau et Fils


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Maison Mottheau et Fils

A Pair of Empire Style Mahogany Six Drawer Wellington Chests

FRANCE, Dated 1919

REF No. B69730

The bronze mounts stamped 'EM' to the reverse.

dimensions

Height :155 cm | 61 in
Width :70 cm | 27¹/₂ in
Depth :50 cm | 31³/₄ in

description

A Rare Pair of Empire Style Mahogany Six Drawer Wellington Chests, The Mounts by Maison Mottheau Et Fils.

Each cabinet has six, gilt tooled, leather fronted drawers, framed by tapering uprights incorporating the locking mechanism, surmounted by finely cast gilt-bronze classical female heads and terminating in gilt-bronze human feet, raised on projecting tapering legs.

This superb pair of cabinets bear a remarkable and very unusual inscription to the underside of one of the drawer linings:

''Horreur et mépris à Guillaume ce sinistre pantin qui malgré sa fureur imaginaire n’a pu empêcher mon travail de se faire’
Hugo Wo...ters, paris 1919"


(Possibly originally forming part of a larger ensemble piece).

maker

The bronzier Maison Mottheau & Fils is perhaps best known for their 'torchère lumineuse' exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle; an ambitious and monumental tour de force executed in gilt-bronze and onyx from a design by Eugène-Frédéric Piat.

Specialising primarily in lighting fixtures, the firm took full advantage of the advent of electricity, incorporating it with their decorative designs, combining function with elaborate decoration.

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.


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, UK), 2006; pps. 290, 318 pl. J72.

Maison Mottheau et Fils

A Pair of Empire Style Mahogany Six Drawer Wellington Chests







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