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    Sale 1983

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

    9 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 22

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD CENTRE-TABLE

    BY MAISON MOTTHEAU & FILS, PARIS, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD CENTRE-TABLE
    BY MAISON MOTTHEAU & FILS, PARIS, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The cicular malachite-inset top above a serpentine frieze centred on each side with a Bacchic mask, on satyr mask-headed cabriole legs tapering to paw-cast sabots, the reverse of the mounts variously stamped EM
    29 in. (75 cm.) high; 33 1/8 in. (84 cm.) diameter


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    The firm of 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 flourished in the category with the advent of electricity, though continued to offer a wide array of functional decorations, including household furnishings.