“The Four Seasons”
Signed Chles Winckelsen, 21 rue Saint-Louis (Au Marais) and dated 1864
Height : 109 cm (43 in.) ; Width : 271 cm (107 in.) ; Depth : 79 cm (31 in.)
Exceptional large Louis XVI style « meuble d’appui », topped with moulded « Brèche » marble, made in amboyna burl and ebony veneer. Opening with three frieze drawers decorated with ormolu foliage motifs, above four front doors alternated with gilt bronze busts representing the Four Seasons. Standing on six cast foliate feet.
Born in 1812, Charles-Guillaume Winckelsen is one of the most talented cabinet-makers of the Second Empire period, taking inspiration from 18th Century furniture. He mainly used the Louis XVI style decorative motifs but without reverting to simple pastiche and creating then beautiful furniture. Winckelsen’s bronze casting was of the highest quality. He had his workshops in Paris at N°23 Val-Sainte-Catherine in 1854, moved in 1860 to N°21 rue Saint-Louis in the Marais, and in 1867 to N°49 rue de Turenne. His production varied from furniture to decorative works of art, specializing in particular in the Louis XVI style to a very high quality standard. As a very talented cabinet-maker he was often honoured the commands from the aristocrats as well as the Paris wealthy high society, such as Lafitte, de Béhague, prince Radziwill. Following Winckelsen’s death in 1871, Henry Dasson (1825-1896) purchased on July 27 the workshop and stock from Winckelsen’s widow.
Les ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Ed. de l’Amateur, 1984, p. 635.