Pair of lacquer chests
121 x 75 x 47 cm.
France, c. 1860.
On four conical feet resting on gilded spheres, the high rectangular body with attached fluted three-quarter columns with Doric bases and capitals. These are flanked by four drawers, each with two gilded drawknobs. The drawer fronts with sculptural lacquer work depict mythical creatures like Quirin in an abstract landscape with pines and rocks as well as abstract clouds. But also lotus blossoms, chrysanthemums and leaves with kingfishers are depicted on a red background. The upper section ends in a single pile with gilded foliage decoration and a central crease bow, the lower gusset of which forms a key shield. The green and white veined marble top follows the lines of the furniture. Minimal rest.
Both pieces of furniture can be attributed to Alfred-Emmanuel Beurdeley (1847-1919). This important Ebenist and art collector won a gold medal at the 1878 World Exhibition in Paris and in 1883 he became Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur. He collected drawings and (28000!) engravings. He sold his collection of 6115 architectural drawings to the Academy of Drawing of Baron Stieglitz in St. Petersburg. After the revolution in 1917, this collection was transferred to the collection of the Hermitage. (1240891) (13)
A pair of lacquer commodes
121 x 75 x 47 cm.
France, ca. 1860.
With minimal restoration.
Both pieces of furniture can be attributed to Alfred-Emmanuel Beurdeley (1847-1919). The famous ebonist and art collector was awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle, Paris World's Fair in 1878 and was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1883. During his lifetime he collected drawings and (28000!) etchings. He sold his collection of 6115 architectural drawings to the State Academy of Art and Design founded by Baron Alexander von Stieglitz in Saint Petersburg. This collection was integrated into the Hermitage Museum after the Revolution in 1917.
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