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    Sale 5922

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    24 February 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 500

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, SATINE AND END-CUT MARQUETRY BOMBE ARMOIRE

    BY JOSEPH-EMMANUEL ZWIENER, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, SATINE AND END-CUT MARQUETRY BOMBE ARMOIRE
    BY JOSEPH-EMMANUEL ZWIENER, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The arched broken pediment centred by a foliate crest stamped ZN to the reverse, above a pair of doors each with two floral marquetry panels set within a foliate-cast ormolu frame, the sides similarly decorated, the inside of the doors with mirror panels and the interior fitted with two drawers and adjustable shelves, the angles with ribbon-tied foliate clasps running to tapering legs and paw feet
    103 in. (262 cm.) high; 64¼ (162 cm.) wide; 22¾ in. (58 cm.) deep


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    Born in Herdon, Germany in 1849, Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener is recorded as having worked in Paris at 12, rue de la Roquette from 1880 to 1895. His successful atelier executed elegant pieces of furniture replicating articles from the Garde-Meuble National of France, most notably the celebrated bureau de Roi by Jean-Henri Riesener and Jean-François Oeben. Working mainly in a vigorous interpretation of the French Rococo style, Zwiener's furniture is often inset with the finest marquetry, vernis Martin panels and, as here, applied with delicate gilt-bronze mounts. In awarding Zwiener a gold medal for his stand at the 1889 Paris exhibition, the jurists noted "dès ses débuts d'une Exposition universelle, [il] s'est mis au premier rang par la richesse, la hardiesse et le fini de ses meubles incrustis de bronzes et fort habilement marquetis." In 1895, on receiving an important royal commission from Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia, Zwiener returned to Berlin where he was known as Julius Zwiener. A group of furniture produced for the Kaiser was exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle (see Sotheby's, New York, 29 June 1989, lots 270-5). Many of the pieces executed by Zwiener for the Prussian royal palaces were brought to Huis Doorn in Utrecht in 1918, where the Kaiser lived in exile until his death in 1941.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN LADY