Maison Millet

Bronze-caster
(Active from 1853 to 1918)
(attributed to)

Elegant gueridon

France
Circa 1880

Inlaid wood, Gilded bronze, Marble

Height : 75 cm (29,5 in.) ; Diam. : 60,5 cm (23,8 in.)

Charming gueridon in satinwood and kingwood veneer, decorated with chevron marquetry surrounded by a thread on the belt. Topped with a circular « Fleur de pêcher » marble surrounded by a gilded bronze border, it opens with a drawer on the belt. It rests on four curved feet with foliated hooves and decorated with chutes in the uprights, joined by a stretcher in the shape of an openwork gilded bronze basket.

Biography

The firm of Théodore Millet was founded in 1853. A very talented specialist in 18th Century reproductions, Millet produced furniture and artistic bronzes of the highest quality. He was one of the few cabinet-makers to obtain authorization from the Château de Versailles to make in 1902 a replica of Queen Marie-Antoinette’s great jewel cabinet. As an artist of great merit and Specialising in « meubles et bronzes d’art, genre ancien et moderne », Millet obtained the highest rewards such as the Gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889 for his first participation, and the Grand Prize at the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The photographic archives show, among the workshops views and the Parisian shop, Millet’s stand at the Universal Exhibition in Saint-Louis (US) in 1904. The firm’s influence internationally is then through its antenna in New-York « Duryea and Potter », 469 fifth avenue, New-Yok. The firm lasted until 1918.

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