(Active since 1883)
Signed Forest à Paris
Height : 285 cm (112 1/4 in.) ; Length : 200 cm (78 3/4 in.) ; Depth : 65 cm (25 2/3 in.)
A rare Louis XIV style wardrobe with a break-fronted ogee pediment, made in mahogany and satinwood veneer. Opening with two side cupboards flanking a regulator clock, richly decorated with marquetry ornated with roses, laurel wreaths, acanthuses and ribbons. Beautiful gilt-bronze ornaments made of oval and heart motifs, water leaves banded frames, rosettes and laurel branches surrounding an Apollo mask. At the pediment surrounding the regulator dial, a superb and large gilt-bronze cartouche is composed of three putti symbolizing Time and a drapery. The wardrobe stands on a large plinth and six feet, two of which are large gilt-bronze clawfeet.
Inspired by a wardrobe enclosing a regulator clock, made by André-Charles Boulle, circa 1715. Preserved at the Wallace Collection, London (Inv. F429).
Maison Forest was established since 1883 in Paris, at 14 rue Pierre-Picard, then at 31 rue Cambaceres. The furniture produced by the firm stands out for its high quality gilt-bronze mounts and furthermore for its notable ébénisterie and fine decoration. Maison Forest presented their products at the Universal Exhibition held in Chicago in 1893.