French inlaid cabinet signed FD

FERDINAND DUVINAGE (worked 1870-1876)

French inlaid cabinet signed FD

c. 1870 to c. 1876 France

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n 1867, the Maison Alphonse Giroux, founded in 1799, was taken over by Duvinage and Harinkouck. From 1870 until his death, the firm was under the sole direction of Ferdinand Duvinage and was renowned for its exotic and Japonisme creations in the decorative arts.

The type of highly decorative and superbly executed marquetry featured on the present lot was patented by Duvinage and Harinkouck in 1877 and was probably first shown at the Paris Exposition Universelleof 1878.
Ferdinand Duvinage won a Silver Medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867.
A prominent Middle-Eastern magnate and collector.
Some objets d'art produced by the prolific firm of Maison Giroux under Ferdinand Duvinage during the third quarter of the 19th century.

Upon Duvinage's death in 1876, his widow, Madame Rosalie, filed a patent for what she described as "une mosaïque combiné avec cloisonnement métallique". Mounted with brass, ivory, copper and stained fruitwoods, pieces integrating the technique are identified by an etched FD and Bté in superscript indicating breveté, or 'patent'. Signed works embellished with the unique method were first exhibited to great acclaim at the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris.

Some pieces, illustrated in D. Kisluk-Grosheid, 'Maison Giroux and its 'Oriental' Marquetry Technique', Furniture History: The Journal of The Furniture History Society, 1998, Vol. 34, p. 163, is now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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Inlaid exotic woods and with gilt mounts.
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