Cabinet- & fine Boxes maker (1813-1892)
Silvered bronze casket
Height : 19 cm (7.5 in.) ; Width : 33 cm (13 in.) ; Depth : 18 cm (7 in.)
An elegant and asymmetric rocaille style silvered bronze casket decorated with openwork flowery trellis upon a green silk velvet. Fine ornementation of flower garlands and scrolls.
The casket has two black coated compartments and one is removable.
Jean-Pierre-Alexandre Tahan took over his father business, already specialized in jewel caskets and liquour cellarettes as well as in luxurious small furniture registered under the « tabletterie » category. Thanks to him, the Tahan company knew much success and became one of the most famous firms in Paris. They settled rue de la Paix, from 1849 until 1866, then boulevard des Italiens, both fancy Parisian addresses under the Second Empire in the newbuilt Opera district. Tahan became also very quickly one of the favorite providers of Emperor Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie. He delivered to the imperial palaces numerous tables, vitrines, cellarettes and further fine decorative objects. In other words, he was definitively the great specialist of precious and highly selected objects. The Tahan house participated in various Universal Exhibitions, where they were steadily awarded medals : a silver medal in 1849, another one in London in 1852 and the gold medal in Paris in 1867.
Les ébénistes du XIXe siècle, D. Ledoux-Lebard, Ed. de l’amateur, 1984, p.593