A Napoleon III gilt-bronze centre table
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A Napoleon III gilt-bronze centre table


A Napoleon III gilt-bronze centre table
By Millet, Paris, Circa 1860
Surmounted by a pierced scrolling foliate rail, above a shaped rectangular brèche violette marble top, the pierced scroll and foliate frieze centred to the front and back by a cartouche with interlaced LL, each surmounted by a royal crown, signed MILLET A PARIS to front left corner, on four cabriole legs, joined by a shaped stretcher centred by a flower-filled baluster vase, on foliate feet
30½ in. (77.5 cm.) high; 35 in. (89 cm.) wide; 28¾ in. (73 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

The Maison Millet, founded in 1853 by T. Millet, was first located at 11, rue Jacques-Coeur, Paris, then moved to 23, Boulevard Beaumarchais in 1902. Specialising in meubles et bronzes d'art, genre ancien et moderne, mainly copies of French 18th century models, Maison Millet was awarded many medals such as the 1889 Exposition Universelle Gold Medal, a Grand prix in 1900 and three Diplômes d'Honneur. In 1902, Millet was authorised by the curator of the Palais de Versailles to replicate Queen Marie-Antoinette's celebrated 'Grand cabinet à bijoux'. An auction of their stock was held in 1906 and the firm finally ceased trading in 1918.

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