Lot 321

In ebony veneer and blackened wood, inlaid with tortoiseshell, ivory, lapis lazuli, pewter fillets, enamel plaques in the Limoges style, ornamentation of chased and gilded bronze, the double leaf façade decorated with a medallion representing figures dressed in the Renaissance style, revealing an interior with five drawers and three leaves, supported by tapered and fluted uprights and resting on a plinth.
H. 175.5 cm (69 in.)
l. W.: 111 cm (43 ¾ in.)
P. W.: 49 cm (19 ¼ in.)
A Renaissance revival ebony, ebonised, tortoiseshell, ivory, lapislazuli, tin inlaid and enamel cabinet, late 19th century
19th century furniture decorated with enamel is rare.
Responding to the technical ambitions and taste for historicism of the time, Sèvres developed a production of enamel on copper from 1838, reviving the tradition of painted enamels of the Renaissance. The workshop, entrusted to Jacob Meyer-Heine in 1846, operated until 1873. Thus an ebony cabinet of the Maison Giroux is decorated with plaques executed by the Sèvres enameller Bernard-Alfred Meyer and dated 1866. C. Payne, "Paris, la quintessence du meuble au XIXe siècle", Monelle Hayot 2018, p. 370.
Here the figures represented here depart from the purely neo-Renaissance or grisaille aesthetics of Sèvres by their troubadour style and polychromy.
They could be compared to the works of Marie Puisoye (1845-1942) who exhibited enamels at the Salon from 1877 onwards. Her monogram MP appears on a bracelet circa 1880, attributed to Lucien Falize, sold in Paris, Espace Tajan, June 21, 2018, lot 194. An ebony cabinet, by Charles Hunsinger, decorated with enamel plaques representing Galatea on his chariot pulled by dolphins, signed by Marie Puisoye, is illustrated in C. Payne, " 19th Century European Furniture ", Suffolk, 1985, p.254.
* Information for buyers:
Lot composed of organic material from endangered species, import or export restrictions may apply or a CITES certificate may be required.
For an exit from the EU, a CITES re-export certificate may be required, which is the responsibility of the prospective buyer.
Any consignment containing an ivory component, regardless of its date of execution or certificate of origin, cannot be imported into the United States under the legislation that applies there.
* Information to buyers:
Lot made of organic materials from endangered species, import or export restrictions may apply, a CITES certificate may be required. Each country has its own law-making about it. Any potential buyer must check, before bidding, if he is entitled to import this lot within his country of residence.
For an exit from the EU, a re-export CITES certificate may be necessary and will be at the future buyer's expense.
Any lot which containing an element made of ivory cannot be imported in the United States as its legislation bans its trade whatever its dating may be.