A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, HAREWOOD, BOIS CITRONNIER, AND BURR AMBOYNA MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, HAREWOOD, BOIS CITRONNIER, AND BURR AMBOYNA MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, HAREWOOD, BOIS CITRONNIER, AND BURR AMBOYNA MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, HAREWOOD, BOIS CITRONNIER, AND BURR AMBOYNA MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY COMMODE

AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, BY EMMANUEL ZWIENER, PARIS, CIRCA 1880

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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, HAREWOOD, BOIS CITRONNIER, AND BURR AMBOYNA MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, BY EMMANUEL ZWIENER, PARIS, CIRCA 1880
The serpentine brèche violette marble top above a pair of drawers inlaid sans traverse with a central foliate and musical trophy, flanked by trellis and patera-decorated panels, the sides with similar panels, the angles with acanthus-cast volutes, twice stamped beneath the marble top 'ZWIENER'
36 ½ in. (93 cm.) high; 61 in. (155 cm.) wide; 25 ½ in. (65 cm.) deep
Literature
C. Payne, Paris Furniture: The Luxury Market of the 19th Century, 2018, p. 197 (discussion of the model)
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Lot Essay

The present commode is a faithful replica of Jean-Henri Riesener's celebrated commode supplied in 1776 to Louis XVI for his cabinet intérieur at Fontainebleau (see P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle, 2002, p. 738). A number of similar commodes were also made by Riesener including one acquired in the early 19th century by the 10th Duke of Hamilton, subsequently sold in Christie's sale of the contents of Hamilton Palace, Lanarkshire, held 17 June-20 July 1882 (lot 517; 3,060 guineas). It was later acquired by Baron Nathaniel von Rothschild and eventually sold in Christie's sale of Works of Art from the Collection of the Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild, London, 8 July 1999, lot 201 (£7,041,500). It is now at Versailles.

The model was revived from the mid-19th century by makers Grohé Frères, Fourdinois and Henry Dasson. François Linke purchased at a cost of 209 francs a set of patterns for the commode at the sale of the restorer and furniture-maker, Cueunières in November 1902 (see C. Payne, François Linke: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p.205-206). An example by Linke sold Property from the Fred Cornwall Collection; Christie's, New York, 21 October 2015, lot 59. It is possible that the present lot, stamped by Linke’s contemporary Emmanuel Zweiner was actually made in Linke’s workshop – an example of collaboration between two great ébénistes of the Belle Époque.

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