A Napoleon III period silvered metal mounted oak humidor cabinet by Diehl
A Napoleon III period silvered metal mounted oak humidor cabinet by Diehl
A Napoleon III period silvered metal mounted oak humidor cabinet by Diehl
A Napoleon III period silvered metal mounted oak humidor cabinet by Diehl

CHARLES-GUILLAUME DIEHL (worked 1840-1887)

A Napoleon III period silvered metal mounted oak humidor cabinet by Diehl

c. 1865 France

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The upper section with a door mounted with Apollo driving his chariot amongst clouds with a ribbon-tied laurel wreath at each angle interposed by stylised anthemions opening to reveal the interior fitted as a humidor with five pull-out drawers with caned bases, above a frieze drawer mounted with an alternating chain of patera and diapers, the lower section with a shaped apron applied with a stylised anthemion and scrolled mount flanked at each corner by a pierced boss on flared square tapering legs applied with foliate mounts and joined by a shaped stretcher, on tapering toupie feet.

This cabinet belongs to a very similar group of cabinets by Diehl with minor variations in, for example, the woods employed or the mounts. Two such examples of almost identical cabinets which were unsigned but attributed to Diehl that have sold include:
- Sotheby's London, sale L05310 on 8 June 2005, lot 75 (£42,000)
- Sotheby's London, sale L13302 on 3 December 2013, lot 256 (£50,000)
Diehl was a highly respected cabinet maker of the 19th Century. He was born in Germany and moved to Paris in 1840 where he established a very large workshop with around 600 employees by 1870. He participated in the Great Exhibition in London 1851 and in all the major international exhibitions during the middle of the 19th Century thereafter. Diehl officially became a French citizen in 1872. His works can be found in many important collections and institutions worldwide including the Musée d'Orsay, Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among others.
Dimensions
Height 130.00 cm (51.18 inches)
Width 60.00 cm (23.62 inches)
Depth 39.00 cm (15.35 inches)
Stock Code
14503
Medium
Oak wood, silvered metal
Signed/Inscribed
The lockplate signed 'DIEHL / PARIS / 19 r. Michel le Comte'
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