A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Kingwood and Parquetry Inlaid Writing Table With Wedgwood Jasperware Plaques
A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Kingwood and Parquetry Inlaid Writing Table With Wedgwood Jasperware Plaques
A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Kingwood and Parquetry Inlaid Writing Table With Wedgwood Jasperware Plaques

JOSEPH-EMMANUEL ZWIENER (c.1848-1895)

A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Kingwood and Parquetry Inlaid Writing Table With Wedgwood Jasperware Plaques

c. 1880 France

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A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Kingwood and Parquetry Inlaid Writing Table With Wedgwood Jasperware Plaques, In the Manner of Jean-Henri Riesener, By Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener.

This fine petit bureau plat or writing table has exceptional gilt-bronze mounts. The table is designed in the Louis XVI style, taking inspiration form the work of the famous ébéniste de roi Jean Henri Riesener. It features a gilt-bronze banded leather top, above a frieze drawer centred by a fine neo-classical Jasperware Wedgwood style plaque flanked by ribbon-tied swags. The table is raised on tapering square section legs headed by finely cast female masks and terminating in toupie feet.

The writing table is inspired by the celebrated bureau plat supplied by Jean-Henri Riesener in 1784 for the Cabinet Intérieur du Roi at Fontainebleau. Zwiener not only modifies the general form of Rieseners design but in keeping with the prevalent style of the late 19th century incorporates fine neo-classical Jasperware plaques.

Developed in England by Josiah Wedgwood circa 1775, the fashion for furniture mounted with pale Jasperware plaques proved popular across Europe and in particular in France. It was quickly imitated by the French Royal porcelain factory at Sévres and continued to be popular throughout the 19th century as part of the Louis XVI revival. It is interesting to note that the Wedgwood firm exhibited at nearly all of the international exhibitions held in France in the 19th century, displaying plaques designed specifically for furniture mounts.
Camille Mestdagh, Pierre Lécoules: ‘L'Ameublement d'art français : 1850-1900’; Editions de l'Amateur, 2010; pp. 301-305.

Payne, Christopher (2003), François Linke, 1855-1946, The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge).

Meyer, Jonathan, Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge); 2006, p. 270, pls. H14; p. 299, p.302.

Maze-Sencier, Les Livres des Collectionneurs, (Paris), 1885.
Dimensions
Height 76.00 cm (29.92 inches)
Width 115.00 cm (45.28 inches)
Depth 65.00 cm (25.59 inches)
Stock Code
B71321
Medium
Gilt-Bronze, Kingwood
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped to the reverse of the gilt-bronze mounts ‘ZN’.
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