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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "A Rare Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Centre Table"
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One drawer stamped to the lock-plate 'Millet à Paris'. Various mounts stamped to the reverse 'MB'.
This rare table has a circular top, above a panelled frieze, mounted with trophies emblematic of the four seasons. The table stands on four legs headed by finely cast canephor figures, finely cast as female caryatids supporting baskets of fruit. The legs are united by an 'X'-shaped stretcher centred by a neo-classical urn and terminate in hoof feet. The table is almost certainly a piece unique in Millet's repertoire and was likely to have been created as an important exhibition item or as a special commission.
The exceptional quality of the gilt-bronze mounts to this table epitomise the style arabesque developed by the celebrated Louis XVI maître Adam Weisweiler and his Marchand-Mercier Dominique Daguerre. The caryatids heading the legs are copied from a table, now in the Louvre Museum, supplied in 1784 by Daguerre to Queen Marie-Antoinette. Daguerre's bills indicate that the mounts were designed especially for the Queen.
Meyer, Jonathan, Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge, UK) ; 2006, pps. 276, 317, 320.
Ledoux - Lebard, Denise, Les Ébénistes du XIXe Siècle, Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris); 1984, pp. 484-486.
|Height||79.00 cm||(31.10 inches)|