A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY SIDE CABINET
FROM THE COLLECTION OF A DUTCH GENTLEMAN FROM THE HAGUE
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY SIDE CABINET

OF EMPIRE STYLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY SIDE CABINET
OF EMPIRE STYLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY
The arched pediment surmounted by a bronze bust of Napoleon with ormolu laurel crown after Antoine Denis Chaudet, the circular clockcase with ormolu bezel and white enamel Roman dial with pierced and chased ormolu hands, surrounded by the Zodiac symbols, twin-train movement with silk suspension stamped Vincenti & Cie. The frieze applied with classical masks and ribbon-tied floral swags, above a band with anthemia, the panelled door centring on a lozenge panel with stars and a classical maiden, flanked by canted angels with with sphinx monopodia pilasters, the sides with further lozenge panels centring on stars and lyres, the plinth base on ormolu bun feet
212 cm. high x 89 cm. wide x 39 cm. deep

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Lot Essay

A cabinet of the same design but lacking bronze bust, was sold at Christie's New York, Rockefeller Plaza, 25 October 2005, lot 411.

The bust of Napoleon (1769-1821) surmounting this impressive cabinet is after a model by the French sculptor Antoine-Denis Chaudet (1763-1810). Chaudet worked in a neo-classical style and the 'herm' form of this bust, with the shoulders cut off and straight sides, imitates that of Roman imperial portraits. He made the original plaster model for the portrait in 1799. The final marble version of 1804 was the preferred image of Napoleon himself, who had recently been created Emperor of the French, and it became the official portrait, widely-reproduced. In fact a biscuit (hard) porcelain versions in three sizes were made from 1805 at the Sèvres porcelain factory.

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