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MILLET

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

An Elegant Pair of Wall-Lights

France
Circa 1880

Height: 38cm (15 in.); Width: 21cm (8,3 in.)

A charming pair of gilt bronze wall-lights with two light-arms with leaves and flowers, issuing from a central barrel of foliage and stem and finishing in a delicate floral grouping.

Biography

The firm of Millet T. was founded in Paris 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 authorisation from the Château de Versailles to make a replica of Queen Marie-Antoinette’s great jewel cabinet. As an artist of great merit he 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 photographic archives show, among some views taken in the Millet’s workshop and his Parisian showroom, the stand held by him during the Saint-Louis Universal Exhibition of 1904. Among Millet’s masterpieces then exposed, this chimney decoration is to be seen. The firm lasted until 1918.

 

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