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    Sale 7614

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

    24 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 105

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD PARQUETRY AND MARQUETRY OCCASIONAL TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEPH-EMMANUEL ZWIENER, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD PARQUETRY AND MARQUETRY OCCASIONAL TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEPH-EMMANUEL ZWIENER, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The circular sun-burst veneered top with moulded rim above a serpentine frieze set to each side with a foliate-cast ormolu frame centred with a flag and helmut military trophy, on cabriole legs headed by pierced foliate clasps running down to scrolled sabots, stencilled to the underside 2915
    30¼ in. (77 cm.) high; 26 in. (66 cm.) diameter


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    The military trophy mounts and corner clasps to this table are identical to those found on numerous comparable examples by Joseph-Émmanuel Zwiener which sold at Sotheby's, New York: A Private Collection: Volume I, 26 October 2006, lots 105, 106, 144 and 145.

    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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