MARK OF DISTINCTION
The lots featured here highlight some of the best known bronziers, fondeur and doreur of the nineteenth century. Victor Paillard (the maker of lot 22) created and produced his own sculptures and groups, designed and made chenets, candelabra, other decorative objects and clocks in the Napoleon III period. In the 1830s he opened his own business of 'bronzes d'art et d'ameublement' at 105 boulevard Beaumarchais and 6 rue Saint-Claude, first showing his own work at the Exposition des produits de l'industrie in 1839. As a founder he also worked for numerous well-known sculptors such as Pradier, Barye and Carrier-Belleuse.
The Parisian fondeur and doreur Henri Picard was based at 6 rue Jarente in 1831, moving to 10 rue de la Perle in 1839 where he remained until 1864. The firm supplied services for work on the petits appartements of Emperor Napolon III at the Louvre, and was known for its fine quality production of pieces de table and garnitures de chemines.
Also featured is the Louis XV kingwood commode (lot 29) by Pierre Roussel, matre in 1745. Roussel concentrated mainly on pieces decorated with fine marquetry for which he became particularly well known. In the 1769 Almanach de vray mrite he is quoted as one of the foremost bnistes of Paris. One of his biggest patrons was the Prince de Conde for whom he supplied furniture for the Palais Bourbon and the chteau de Chantilly.