A Rare Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Centre Table
A Rare Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Centre Table
A Rare Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Centre Table
A Rare Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Centre Table

MAISON MILLET (1853-1902)

A Rare Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Centre Table

c. 1880 France

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An Extremely Important and Rare Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Centre Table by Maison Millet.

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.
Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Peter, L'Ameublement d'Art Français, 1850-1900, Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 2010.

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.
Dimensions
Height 79.00 cm (31.10 inches)
Diameter 78.00 (30.71 inches)
Stock Code
B71040
Medium
Gilt-Bronze, Mahogany
Signed/Inscribed
One drawer stamped to the lock-plate 'Millet à Paris'. Various mounts stamped to the reverse 'MB'.
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