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French 19th Century Cabinet on Stand after Zweiner



A very good quality Louis XVI style bombe fronted, marble topped cabinet on stand, having wonderful gilded ormolu scrolling foliate and monopodia mounts, the door opening to reveal shelves within, two drawers beneath and raised on elegant cabriole legs, terminating in outswept ormolu feet. In the manner of Zweiner; Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener (1848- 1895) was one of the leading furniture makers of the end of the nineteenth century. Of German extraction he established a very successful studio in Paris, producing the very finest furniture, often inspired by the public collections in France. He employed as his sculptor, Léon Messagé, the genius Parisian sculptor. Zwieners pieces were acquired by many of the leading collectors of the nineteenth century. In particular he supplied his interpretation of the famous Bureau du Roi to Ludwig II at Herrenchiemsee, which was placed in the King's study in 1884. Zwiener exhibited at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, where he was awarded a gold medal, for a stand which included an exceptional cabinet designed by Messagé (illustrated in Meyer, pl. H14). In 1898, Zwiener received an extensive Royal commission from the King of Prussia, and was recalled to Berlin as the King would not order furniture from overseas makers when furnishing his palaces, preferring to order work only from native Germans. The Berlin Sculptor Otto Rohloff, whose bronze work is very similar to that of Messagé, may well have been hired by Zwiener for this Royal commission. In 1895 his Paris workshop was taken over by the important émigré and ébéniste, François Linke. Christopher Payne, in his book on Linke, speculates that Linke may have worked for Zwiener when he first arrived in Paris in 1875. Linke is known to have also taken on Zwiener's sculptor Léon Messagé. For this reason many of Zwiener's pieces have often been mistakenly attributed to Linke.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 58.27 in. (148 cm)Width: 28.35 in. (72 cm)Depth: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (In the Style Of)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Brighton, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Batch 55/56. 55500 NYUZK1stDibs: LU1227224121652

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    Ships From: Brighton, United Kingdom
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Located in Brighton, United Kingdom
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