Signed « Quignon Meubles d’art »
Height : 103 cm (40,5 in.) ; Length : 160 cm (62,9 in.) ; Depth : 66,5 cm (26,2 in.)
Beautiful neo-classical console-table in richly carved giltwood, decorated on the belt with a frieze of posts and a row of beads, highlighted with garlands of beribboned flowers suspended from a bow in front. It rests on two fluted front legs surrounded by laurel leaves and two back legs with foliage scrolls, joined by a spacer decorated with a frieze of posts and surmounted by a covered urn in the antique style adorned with a laurel wreath, all ending with four round feet decorated with water leaves. The whole is surmounted by a marble with gray veins on a white background molded with a central offset.
Gustave-Frédéric Quignon, born in 1843, worked with his father Napoléon Quignon, boulevard Richard-Lenoir. He took the lead in 1874 and expanded the production of the firm with other seats and pieces of furniture, but also with sculpture. Like his father before him, he produced richly carved and gilded Louis XV and Louis XVI style furniture, but also some Neo-Renaissance furniture. He became a supplier of the Mobilier National. He exhibited at the Universal Exhibition in 1878 and won a gold medal. He was a member of the jury at the Universal Exhibition in 1889. The same year, he relocated the firm rue de Saint-Sabin, where he worked until the end of the century. He participated to the French Exhibition of Moscow in 1891, next to H. Dasson and P. Sormani, and to the rapports sur l’Exposition Internationale de Chicago in 1893. He won the Grand Prix for his stand at the Universal Exhibition of 1900.
D. Ledoux-Lebard, Les Ebénistes du XIXe siècle, Les Editions de l’Amateur, 1984, p.538.
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