1 November 2001
A French ormolu-mounted kingwood cartonnier
By Henri Nelson, Paris, Circa 1900
Surmounted by a putto holding a flower garland, seated on a winged globe timepiece, on clouds, signed H. Nelson to the right, above the bombé spreading upper-structure, divided into eight compartments, each with a gilt-tooled leather cap, above a pull-out lined with a gilt-tooled burgundy leather writing-surface, the lower section with tambour doors stamped H. NELSON next to the lock plates, the inside fitted with two adjustable shelves, the apron centred to the front by a foliate clasp, on four foliate feet
75½ in. (192 cm.) high; 44½ in. (113 cm.) wide; 17¼ in. (44 cm.) deep
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Nelson established his business 46, rue de la Madelaine, Paris, in 1856. His son Henri relocated the shop 79, boulevard Haussmann; 2, rue Tronson-du-Coudray; and finally 27, rue Pasquier in 1870. The business continues to this day.
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