• 19th Century Furniture, Sculpt auction at Christies

    Sale 2210

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art & Ceramics

    20 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 57

    A FRENCH BRONZE-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD VITRINE

    BY EDOUARD LIÈVRE, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH BRONZE-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD VITRINE
    BY EDOUARD LIÈVRE, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The pagoda form case inset with a rectangular rouge de France marble top, set to the front with a bevelled, glazed cupboard door opening to two shelves and a mirrored interior, on a gadrooned and pierced base
    49 3/8 in. (125 cm.) high, 36 in. (91.5 cm.) wide, 18 in. (45.7 cm.) deep


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    This diminutive, though finely executed, vitrine is closely related to a number of iconic designs Edouard Lièvre produced during the third quarter of the 19th century incorporating Japanese and Chinese architectural forms. Though previously unrecorded in a vitrine version, the carcass on this example is nearly identical to a signed 'armoire japonisante' cited in Connaissance des Arts, No. 228, Paris, 2004, p. 11, though fitted with a panelled cupboard door. An unsigned and slightly wider example set with a pair of cupboard doors was also exhibited at Galerie Roxane Rodriguez (Paris, 16 September-16 October 2004) and is additionally illustrated in the exhibition's catalogue raisonné (Edouard Lièvre: Créateur de meuble & objets d'art, Paris, 2004, p. 43).