A magnificent French 19th century Louis XVI st. mouchette mahogany and ormolu vitrine, signed Maison Millet. The cabinet is raised on four front and two back topie shaped feet with ormolu sabots and top caps. The recessed paneled frieze is decorated with ormolu borders and central foliate ormolu keyhole escutcheons at the three bottom drawers. Fluted columns with ormolu chandelles, urn shaped ormolu designs and top capitals flank each glass door. The glass is bordered with finely chased ormolu trim and rosettes and decorated with ormolu keyhole escutcheons and original key. Each door opens to reveal three original adjustable shelves. At the top is a central capitol with ormolu borders, rosette blocks and a pierced ormolu wreath with foliate tied with a bow, and ormolu acorn finials at each corner. All exquisite chasing with original gilt throughout.
THEODORE MILLET (c.1853-c.1904) Maison Millet was a renowned 19th century furniture atelier that was described as producing Antique furniture and bronze art, specializing in the Louis XV and XVI styles. The company won several awards in a series of exhibitions in London and Paris, such as the gold medal in the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, a Grand Prix in 1900 and three further diplomes d'honneur and four médailles d'or for the furniture they produced. In March 1902, the firm was authorized by the Palace of Versailles to replicate Marie-Antoinette's celebrated Grand cabinet à bijoux.