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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CENTRE TABLE
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CENTRE TABLE
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CENTRE TABLE
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CENTRE TABLE
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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CENTRE TABLE

BY EDOUARD LIEVRE, PARIS, CIRCA 1878

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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CENTRE TABLE
BY EDOUARD LIEVRE, PARIS, CIRCA 1878
The rounded rectangular top inset with a rouge royal Pyrénéese marble, above a scrolled fretwork frieze centred to each long side with a Chinese symbol ‘shou’ for longevity, on hipped cabriole legs headed by lion-mask clasps and joined by a stretcher centred by a pierced dome
30 ½ in. (77 cm.) high; 48 in. (122 cm.) wide; 32 in. (81 cm.) deep
Literature
Catalogue des Meubles d’Art de la Succession de feu de M. Edouard Lièvre, 21-24 March 1887, no. 60 (a table of this model).
'Edouard Lièvre', Connaissance des Arts, N° 228, Paris 2004, S. 28 ff.
Optima propagare Edouard Lièvre : Créateur de meuble & objets d’art, Galerie Roxane Rodriguez, Paris, 2004, pp. 40-41 (the table ‘ancienne collection Moy de Sons: collection particulière’) and pp. 62-63 (the table in the Musée d'Orsay OAO1162).
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Lot Essay

This table de milieu is exemplary of Edouard Lièvre’s furniture in ‘le style japonais et chinois’. A small number of tables of the model are known: one was sold from Lièvre's personal collection at Hôtel Drouot following his death in March 1887 (lot no. 60). Another in is the collection of the Musée d'Orsay (OAO1162).

Towards the late 1870s, Lièvre created a suite of Japanese-inspired furniture for Albert Vieillard (d. 1895), the renowned director of Bordeaux's ceramics manufactory, including his celebrated Cabinet Japonais, now in the Musée d'Orsay (OAO555). Lièvre was no doubt inspired by Vieillard's keen interest for the ‘sinojaponais’, but his interest in the orient was also influenced by a 16th century Chinese table belonging to Baron James de Rothschild which he illustrated for the publication ‘Les Collections Célèbres’.

The distinctive gilt-bronze mount to the centre of the front and back frieze is the Chinese symbol ‘shou’ for longevity and also used on other pieces by Lièvre.

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