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A Pair of French ormolu-mounted kingwood, mahogany, burr-walnut and stained fruitwood cabinets

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A Pair of French ormolu-mounted kingwood, mahogany, burr-walnut and stained fruitwood cabinets

BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE, CIRCA 1890

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A Pair of French ormolu-mounted kingwood, mahogany, burr-walnut and stained fruitwood cabinets By Ferdinand Barbedienne, Circa 1890 Each surmounted by a shaped Brèche Jaune marble above a Vitruvian scroll frieze, centred by two doors flanked by putti and griffin mounts, signed F.BARBEDIENNE to the front, the interior fitted with one removable shelf, on four tapering fluted legs 43 in. (109 cm.) high; 37 in. (94 cm.) wide; 16½ in. (42 cm.) deep (2)
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Born in Normandy in 1810, Ferdinand Barbedienne (d.1892), although specialised in bronzes, also created a few pieces of furniture, some of which were on display at the Paris 1855 Great Exhibition. It is believed that he didn't have his own atelier d'ébéniaterie and therefore commissioned the carcasses to be made by an outside workshop. He would then embellish these with bronze mounts of his own production, as on the present cabinets.

The present bronzes are known as bronzes 'grotte' which means they have a 'weathered rock' appearance.

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