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    Sale 2034

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

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 272

    A FRENCH PATINATED AND PARCEL-GILT BRONZE TRIPOD TABLE-STAND

    ATTRIBUTED TO EDOUARD LIÈVRE, PARIS, CIRCA 1880

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH PATINATED AND PARCEL-GILT BRONZE TRIPOD TABLE-STAND
    ATTRIBUTED TO EDOUARD LIÈVRE, PARIS, CIRCA 1880
    The top with scrolled parcel-gilt rim, on three elephant-headed supports joined by a triform stretcher and central pierced boss, apparently unmarked
    38¼ in. (97 cm.) high; The top: 17 in. (43 cm.) diameter


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    The painter Edouard Lièvre (d. 1886) trained in Thomas Couture's atelier and devoted himself to the industrial arts, furniture in particular. Towards the late 1870s, Livre created a suite of Japanese-inspired furniture for Albert Vieillard (d. 1895), the renowned director of Bordeaux's ceramics manufactory, including his celebrated Cabinet Japonais, now in the Musée d'Orsay. It was Vieillard's keen interest for Japanese motifs that inspired Lièvre's highly original designs, the present table-stand among them. After Edouard Lièvre's death, his sketches and plans, together with their reproduction rights, were sold in both 1887 and 1890, some of which were purchased by George and Henry Pannier, the then directors of the luxurious store L'Escalier de Cristal.

    Lièvre's design for this tripod table-stand was almost certainly among those acquired by L'Escalier de Cristal and is further recorded in Henry Pannier's sketchbook. Currently housed in a private collection, a tripod table with a griotte rouge marble top, sub-contracted to Maison Marnyhac by L'Escalier de Cristal, is illustrated in Connaissance des Arts, Edouard Lièvre, Paris, 2004, p. 5-6.