Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mounted Louis XVI Style Inlaid Marquetry and Parquetry Cabinet By Theodore Millet
Item # CC0103
By Theodore Millet
The large marble top above a bronze frieze and a central single drawer decorated with bronzes of satyrs and instruments surrounded by scrolling branches with foliage, berries and birds, the drawer opens with a spring-loaded secret release. The central door with gilt bronze floral swags and ribbons above wonderfully inlaid flowers and foliate designs, front and side panels with crossband diamond parquetry.
Signed Millet A Paris to the bronze rim.
Maison Millet was established by Théodore Millet in 1853, and operated until 1902 from premises at 11, Rue Jacques-Coeur, Paris before relocating to 23, Boulevard Beaumarchais. Maison Millet was a highly regarded furniture firm that was described as producing ‘meuble et bronze d’art, genre ancien et moderne.’ The company won several awards in the series of exhibitions in London and Paris, such as the gold Medal in the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, a Grand Prix in 1900 and three further diplomes d’honneur and four médailles d’or for the furniture they produced. The firm specialized in the Louis XV and XVI styles though they were acclaimed by their contemporaries for working in their own modern style. In March 1902, the firm was authorized by the Palais de Versailles to replicate Marie-Antoinette’s celebrated Grand cabinet à bijoux. An auction was held in 1906 clearing the remaining stock and the firm finally ceased trading in 1918. Maison Millet was an active client of François Linke.
Height – 50.5 inches / 128cm
Width – 52 inches / 132cm
Depth – 19.5 inches / 50cm