27 May 1999
A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU AND MARBLE OCCASIONAL TABLES
Each rectangular white marble top with canted corners inset with a verde antico panel and border above a guilloche frieze, on female term supports issuing flower-filled baskets and continuing to panelled tapering legs with trailing foliage joined by a pierced x-form stretcher, on leaf-tip-cast feet, each with inscribed number 14PA85, bearing the stamp E ZWIENER
28in. (71.1cm.) high, 34in. (88.3cm.) wide, 19in. (48.3cm.) diameter (2)
Anonymous sale, Christie's Monaco, 18 June 1989, lot 144.
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Inspired by Louis XVI 'antique' prototypes executed by the ciseleur-doreur Pierre Gouthire, these tables reflect the neo-classical revival expounded by crafstmen such as Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener, Henri Dasson, Franois Linke and Alfred Beurdeley.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘