The present lot is a lovely example of ivory-mounted objets d'art produced by the prolific firm of Maison Giroux under Ferdinand Duvinage during the third quarter of the 19th century.
Upon Duvinage's death in 1876, his widow, Madame Rosalie, filed a patent for what she described as "une mosaïque combiné avec cloisonnement métallique". Mounted with brass, ivory, copper and stained fruitwoods, pieces integrating the technique are identified by an etched FD and Bté in superscript indicating breveté, or 'patent'. Signed works embellished with the unique method were first exhibited to great acclaim at the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris.
A similar charger, illustrated in D. Kisluk-Grosheid, 'Maison Giroux and its 'Oriental' Marquetry Technique', Furniture History: The Journal of The Furniture History Society, 1998, Vol. 34, p. 163, is now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.