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Millet

Cabinet-maker & Bronze-caster
(Active from 1853 until 1918)
(attributed to)

Pair of Display Pedestals

France
Circa 1890

Height : 140 cm (55 in.) ; Width : 43 cm (17 in.) ; Depth : 35 cm (13,7 in.)

Elegant pair of Louis XV inspired display pedestals. They are decorated on three sides with a beautiful marquetry of stylized flowers in “bois de bout”, made in kingwood on a rosewood background, in cartouches with leafy moldings in chiseled and gilded bronze. They rest on four leafy feet ending in lion paws, and are topped with a purple molded Breccia marble.

Biography

The firm of Théodore Millet was founded in 1853 and installed in Paris, at N.11 rue Jacques-Cœur, then N.23 Boulevard Beaumarchais in 1902. 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 and the Grand Prize at the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The firm lasted until 1918.

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