An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire
An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire
An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire
An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire
An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire
An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire
An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire
An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire
An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire
An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire

JOSEPH-EMMANUEL ZWIENER (c.1848-1895)

An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire

c. 1889 France

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An Exceptional Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood and Marquetry Armoire by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener.

Stamped ‘E. ZWIENER’.

Forming part of an important and very rare bedroom suite, comprised of an armoire, a double bed, and a dressing table , all with fine marquetry inlay.

This important and magnificent armoire exemplifies the furniture maker's master artisanship and exhibits distinct similarities to another Zwiener bedroom suite, commissioned circa 1898 for Kaiser Wilhelm II, and which is now in the permanent collection of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin.

Zwiener's work is remarkable for its organic, sculptural quality. In this he demonstrates a tendency toward the principles of combining the traditional Louis XV rococo style of the 18th century with the ultra-modern, contemporary Art Nouveau, representing a careful balance between decorative and compositional vocabulary, the stylish and the functional.

Zwiener's innovations are apparent in the detailing on this armoire, such as in the flowery gilt-bronze borders of the end-cut marquetry reserves. The large armoire stands on six paw-footed legs and displays another scallop-shaped crest with a rose. Favouring the natural effects of inlaid work in the veneer, Zwiener designed his accompanying floral marquetry to be flat and with few sculptural illusions.

In 1895, Zwiener was summoned to Berlin at the request of German emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) at Schloss Neues Palais, Sans Souci, Potsdam. Among the works the Kaiser would commission was a gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood marquetry kingwood bedstead, circa 1895, with gilt-bronze work attributed not to Messagé, but to Otto Rohloff. This piece was exhibited at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900 [see: L' Exposition de Paris (1900), Encyclopedie du Siècle, Montgredien et Cie, Paris, Vol III, p. 288]

Although he admired the work of Parisian cabinetmakers, Kaiser Wilhelm II preferred the work of German craftsmen. Zwiener had produced a copy of a bureau du roi for Ludwig II in 1884, prior to receiving his summons from this Kaiser, but given that there were a number of notable German craftsmen working for the court at the time, Wilhelm's interest in Zwiener was significant. Always keen to tout the ideals of a Franco-German unification, Wilhelm was probably intrigued by the fact that Zwiener, a German, had found such success in Paris. The Kaiser's commission must have likewise been a strong inducement for Zwiener, who had spent so much of his professional life away from home.
Dimensions
Height 250.00 cm (98.43 inches)
Width 240.00 cm (94.49 inches)
Depth 61.00 cm (24.02 inches)
Stock Code
B66683
Medium
kingwood, gilt-bronze and marquetry
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped ‘E. ZWIENER’.
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