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    Sale 7614

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

    24 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 124

    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU CENTRE-TABLE

    BY MAISON MILLET, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU CENTRE-TABLE
    BY MAISON MILLET, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Surmounted by a pierced scrolling foliate rail, above a shaped rectangular fleur de pêcher marble top, the pierced scroll and foliate frieze centred to the front and back by a cartouche with interlaced LL, each surmounted by a royal crown, signed MILLET A PARIS to front left corner, on four cabriole legs, joined by a shaped stretcher centred by a flower-filled baluster vase, on foliate feet
    30 in. (76 cm.) high; 35 in. (89 cm.) wide; 29 in. (74 cm.) deep


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    Established by T. Millet in 1853, the Maison Millet operated until 1902 from premises at 11, rue Jacques-Coeur, Paris, before relocating to 23, boulevard Beaumarchais. Specialising in 'meubles et bronzes d'art, genre ancien et moderne', with the accent on Louis XVI antecedents, Maison Millet was awarded medals at many of the late 19th century Universal Exhibitions and, in 1902, was authorised by the director of the Palais de Versailles to replicate Marie-Antoinette's celebrated Grand cabinet à bijoux. An auction of the firm's inventory was held in 1906 and they finally ceased trading in 1918.

    Another example of this fine gilt-bronze centre-table was sold in these rooms, 26 October 2000, lot 229 (£44,650).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN