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A FRENCH ORMOLU, IVORY, STAINED FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY AND BRASS-INLAID EBONY BENETIER
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A FRENCH ORMOLU, IVORY, STAINED FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY AND BRASS-INLAID EBONY BENETIER

ATTRIBUTED TO MAISON GIROUX, THE MARQUETRY BY FERDINAND DUVINAGE, PARIS, CIRCA 1880

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A FRENCH ORMOLU, IVORY, STAINED FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY AND BRASS-INLAID EBONY BENETIER
ATTRIBUTED TO MAISON GIROUX, THE MARQUETRY BY FERDINAND DUVINAGE, PARIS, CIRCA 1880
The cross-shaped stem decorated with blossoming branches, above a bronze basin
16 ½ in. (42 cm.) high; 8 7/8 in. (22.3 cm.) wide; 3 in. (7.5 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

With their sumptuous ivory mosaic decoration, the following three lots are fine examples of the luxurious objets d'art created by the firm Maison Alphonse Giroux. Founded in Paris in the late 18th century, the Maison Giroux quickly evolved into one of the foremost purveyors of objets de luxe with a sophisticated clientele including Louis XVIII and Charles X. Although they sold a wide range of wares – from paintings to stationery – under the leadership of Ferdinand Duvinage and his wife, Rosalie-Eléonore-Antoinette, they developed a special technique patented as ‘une mosaïque combiné avec cloisonnement métallique’ which is splendidly manifest in the present lots. Reflecting the mid-19th century preoccupation with ‘Orientalist’ decoration, these unique objects were first shown at the 1878 Exposition universelle in Paris. As Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide suggests, they are almost always marked with the by an etched FD and Bté (short for ‘breveté’ or patent) and were likely created only between 1877, when the patent was granted, and 1882 when Madame Duvinage ceded her directorship of the firm (D. Kisluk-Grosheide, 'Maison Giroux and its 'Oriental’ Marquetry Technique’, The Journal of The Furniture History Society, vol. XXXV, 1999, p. 154, 162.).

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