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A PAIR OF FRENCH GILT-COPPER AND CERAMIC-MOUNTED EBONY AND EBONIZED PEDESTALS
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A PAIR OF FRENCH GILT-COPPER AND CERAMIC-MOUNTED EBONY AND EBONIZED PEDESTALS

BY CHARLES GUILLAUME DIEHL, PARIS, THE DESIGN ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN BRANDELY, PARIS, CIRCA 1870

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A PAIR OF FRENCH GILT-COPPER AND CERAMIC-MOUNTED EBONY AND EBONIZED PEDESTALS
BY CHARLES GUILLAUME DIEHL, PARIS, THE DESIGN ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN BRANDELY, PARIS, CIRCA 1870
Each with square top suspending drops, above a central stem mounted with stylized foliage and lions masks over Grecian herms separating lavender ground ceramic panels painted with stylized foliage, on a circular base raised on an eared plinth, reduced in height
41 ½ in. (105.5 cm.) high; 19 ½ in. (49.5 cm.) square
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Specializing in néo-Grec decorations and furnishings, Charles-Guillaume Diehl’s medal-winning display at the 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle included the 'Triomphe de Mérovée' cabinet à médailles (purchased by the Louvre in 1973 and now on display in the Musée d'Orsay, OA10440, and of which there is another example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and the Coffret Impérial à bijoux for Princesse Mathilde (Château Compiègne).
A collaboration between Diehl, Kowalewski, his chief ébéniste, and the industrial designer Jean Brandely, it was Brandely who provided the plans for furniture and designs for both marquetry and bronze applications. Described as "a bold, strange artist...an enterprising man with spontaneity" (Auguste Luchet in L'Art Industrielle á l'Exposition Universelle de 1867: Mobilier, vêtement, aliments, Paris, 1868), Brandely is often credited with the distinctive figural mounts replicated on the present lot and other works in the néo-Grec style, for which Diehl became so renowned.
A single example of the present model is illustrated in H. Samaha, Beirut: Hidden Treasures¸ 2014, p. 221 and a variant was sold Christie’s, New York, 20-21 April 2005, lot 52 ($31,200).

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