Maison Mottheau et Fils

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Maison Mottheau et Fils frequently worked in collaboration with sculptors such as Frédéric-Eugène Piat (d. 1903) producing a wide selection of chandeliers, wall-lights, candelabra and free-standing torchères, and were renowned for their skill in combining function with elaborate decoration.


The introduction of electricity as a means of domestic lighting during the 1890s allowed firms such as Mottheau, whose speciality was lighting fixtures, to take full advantage of the new technology, incorporating it with their decorative designs.


Commenting on the introduction of electricity, the Art Journal wrote of Mottheau's display at the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle:


The French Section shows many examples of fine work applied under the new conditions, but we doubt if a more complete success is to be recorded to the credit of any exhibitor than can be conceded to Messieurs Mottheau et fils.




Makers Bibliography:


The Art Journal , The Paris Exhibition 1900 - An Illustrated Record of its Art, Architecture and Industrie, London; 1900, pp. 86-7.


Meyer, Jonathan , Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 2006, pps. 290, 318 pl. J72.

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A Fine and Large Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Fifteen-Light Chandelier
A Very Fine and Large Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Fifteen-Light Chandelier. Cast in the form of three swags centred by a Cupid, each swag with a...
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A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Commode A Vantaux
A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Commode À Vantaux After a Model By Benneman and Stockel, The Mounts By Maison Mottheau Et Fils. This...
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A Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood Desk Chair
A Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood Desk Chair, The Bronze Mounts by Maison Mottheau Et Fils. Stamped to the reverse of the mounts 'E...
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Neoclassical style French gilt and patinated bronze clock and barometer set
Both clock and barometer set within a gilt bronze case featuring cherubs holding trumpets, each case surmounted by a bronze sphere in patinated bro...
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Palatial Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze and Cut Crystal Chandelier by Mottheau
A unique and palatial late 19th century gilt bronze and cut crystal twenty-four-light basket chandelier By Mottheau and Son Paris Wonderful q...
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Set of four gilded bronze Wall Lights by E.Mottheau, Paris
Set of four gilded bronze Wall Lights by E.Mottheau, Paris: in classic 18th Century style; the three scrolling branches springing from an urn with...
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