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Krieger

Cabinet-maker
(Attributed to)

 “Meuble d’appui”

France

Circa 1880

Height : 101 cm (39 3/4 in.) ; Length : 139 cm (54 3/4 in.) ; Depth : 50 cm (19 2/3 in.)

A fine gilt-bronze mounted mahogany Louis XVI style « meuble d’appui », executed after a Model by Adam Weisweiler (1744-1820). Topped with a « Brocatelle d’Espagne » marble, which shape fits perfectly the commode shape, above a paneled frieze decorated with drapes and scrolls on « gun-barrel » plaques, concealing a large drawer opening with a hidden lock-system. With three foliate bordered panelled cupboards below and a gilded bronze flowery tied-ribbon medallion on the central door, showing a trophy with doves. Raised on six ormolu tapering toupie feet.

Biography

The Krieger firm began with Antoine Krieger (1804-1869) the cabinet-making activity in the middle of the 19th century, before setting an important inner decoration department which provided much success and prestige to the company until about 1945. The Krieger firm made all sketches and designs in all kind of styles, ancient or contemporary. About one thousand workers were employed at n°74-76 Faubourg-Saint-Antoine Street in Paris, producing luxurious as well as standard furniture. But the making was always of very high quality with oakwood or selected mahogany cabinets decorated with finely chosen veneers. The Krieger firm won several medals among which a second-class medal at the 1851 Universal Exhibition of London and took part in further international exhibitions, such as the one held in Paris in 1855.

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