Krieger

Cabinet-maker and Bronze-caster
(1855-1946)
(attributed to)

Important Cabinet

France
Circa 1880

Inlaid wood, Gilded bronze

Height : 244 cm (96 in.) ; Width : 170 cm (66,9 in.) ; Depth : 53,5 cm (21 in.)

Important cabinet with curved sides in mahogany, mahogany and rosewood veneer and interior in satinwood. It opens with three doors, a central with a large bevelled mirror and two side doors  adorned with a marquetry of cubes, revealing an interior composed of four shelves and a set of four drawers. Beautiful ornamentation of chiseled and gilded bronze composed of friezes of beads and ovals, molded frames and medallions including flowery trophies with quiver and a torch on the doors, and  wrapped branches on the top. The whole rests on toupie feet.

Biography

Antoine Krieger (1804-1869) launched the cabinetmaking branch of Maison Krieger in the middle of the 19th century, before setting an important inner decoration department which provided much success and prestige to the company until 1945. The Krieger firm made all the sketches and designs in ancient as well as contemporary styles. A thousand workers were employed at n°74-76 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine in Paris, producing luxurious and standard furniture. The high quality making gave birth to oakwood or mahogany cabinets decorated with finely chosen veneers. The Krieger firm won a second-class medal at the 1851 Universal Exhibition of London and took part in many international exhibitions, such as Paris in 1855.

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