• 19th Century Furniture, Sculpt auction at Christies

    Sale 7750

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

    24 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 42

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND SATINE PARQUETRY BUREAU DE DAME

    BY JOSEPH-EMMANUEL ZWIENER, PARIS, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND SATINE PARQUETRY BUREAU DE DAME
    BY JOSEPH-EMMANUEL ZWIENER, PARIS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Of serpentine outline, the upper section with two central compartments flanked to each side by a pair of small drawers, the lower section with tan-leather inset writing slide above a frieze drawer, stamped ZWIENER and fitted with a tray and safe-box, on cabriole legs
    38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 35¼ in. (89.5 cm.) wide; 13¾ in. (35 cm.) deep


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    This bureau de dame (lot 42) and table à ouvrage (lot 43) by Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener exemplify the elegant fashions of fin de siècle Paris. Born in Herdon, Germany, in 1849, Zwiener worked in Paris between 1880 and 1895 establishing himself as one of the premier haut luxe cabinetmakers of the late 19th century. His distinctive style expertly fused the high-rococo opulence of the Louis XV period with the latest Art Nouveau. Here Zwiener's sculptural, almost naturalistic, design is apparent in the characteristic bombé curves, foliate mounts and sweeping cabriole legs. With exceptional craftsmanship Zwiener's use of delicate gilt-bronze mounts, fine veneers and marquetry invites comparisons to the work of the celebrated ébéniste François Linke. Indeed it is almost certain that Zwiener employed the young Linke at his workshop. Zwiener was awarded a médaille d'or at the 1889 Paris Exhibition and a group of furniture he produced for the German Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) was exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle.
    A comparable bureau de dame by Zwiener sold Christie's, London, 27 September 2007, lot 110 (£24,500).

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