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American Rococo Carved Rosewood Armoire, mid-19th c., probably New Orleans, floral carved crest, lobed finials turreted corners, mirrored doors, divided interior in birdseye maple, base with two drawers, bracket feet, h. 105 1/2 in., w. 60 in., d. 25 in. This armoire is unsigned however, matches a bed from the same period that is signed P. Mallard.
About the possible maker: "The hazy Mallard story begins at his birth in 1809 in Sevres, France to Sir Nicolas Mallard of Edinburgh and Michael Louise Oger of Paris. Emigrating to New York around 1829, it is rumored that he worked with the acclaimed cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe for a time. Finally in 1830 Mallard arrived in New Orleans just when the plantation economy was in its ascendancy.
By 1838 Prudent had established his “Magasin de Meubles” with a partner, and had married a local bride, Augustine Beltran. He prospered and expanded his business despite competition from at least 100 other cabinetmakers and furniture dealers. Besides the Rococo Revival furniture for which he is known, the Mallard enterprise offered an array of fancy goods including china, cut glass, mirrors and papier mache articles."
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