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    Sale 7614

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

    24 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 63

    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU-MOUNTED IVORY AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY FOUR-PIECE DESK-SET

    THE MARQUETRY BY FERDINAND DUVINAGE, PARIS, RETAILED BY ALPHONSE-GUSTAVE GIROUX, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU-MOUNTED IVORY AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY FOUR-PIECE DESK-SET
    THE MARQUETRY BY FERDINAND DUVINAGE, PARIS, RETAILED BY ALPHONSE-GUSTAVE GIROUX, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Comprising a pair of candlesticks, an encrier and a carriage clock: Each inlaid all over with foliate and berry marquetry, variously signed ALPH. GIROUX PARIS and with F D Bté monogram
    The candlesticks: 6. 5/8in. (16.7cm.) high
    The encrier: 5 3/8 in. (13.6cm.) high; 8½ in. (21.5cm.) wide; 4 7/8 in. (12.5cm.) deep
    The carriage clock: 4 1/3 in. (11.5cm.) high; 3¾ in. (9.5cm.) wide; 3½ in. (8.9cm.) deep (4)


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    The Maison Alphonse Giroux was established in 1799 by François-Simon-Alphonse Giroux (d.1848), with premises at 7, rue du Coq-Saint-Honoré, Paris. Specialising in the production and sale of small items of furniture, 'objets d'art, de fantaisie et de papeterie', the firm was responsible for the bedroom suite supplied to Charles X in 1826. In 1838, the company was taken over by Giroux's two sons, Alphonse-Gustave (d.1886) and André (d.1874), who under the name of Giroux & Cie, continued and expanded the business, showing and frequently winning medals at the Exposition des produits de l'industrie française. In 1857, the business relocated to 43, boulevard des Capucines, where it remained until 1867 when it was taken over by Duvinage and Harinckouk. Production continued under Ferdinand Duvinage (d.1874) and then the latter's widow, Rosalie, who in 1877 patented the form of marquetry employing ivory, various woods and 'cloisonnement métallique', as seen here.

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    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 31 October 2000, lots 301-303 ($13,630).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN