We would like to introduce for sale a 19th century Napoleon III ormolu and Sevres style porcelain mounted side cabinet with tulipwood and kingwood veneers and chamfered corners. The cabinet is mounted with a shaped white marble top above a frieze containing a single locking drawer with hand painted porcelain-plaque inserts. This sits over a compartment with two cupboard doors, each also mounted with oval plaques framed in bronze. The cabinet is raised on a shaped apron with four bracket feet.
The practice of inserting hand painted porcelain plaques from the Sevres factory into furniture panels became popular in France as early as 1760. This was originally pioneered by designer Simon-Phillipe Poirier and executed by ebeniste Martin Carlin. This fashion was carried into the 19th and early 20th centuries as several well-known Paris cabinetmakers incorporated porcelain plaques, after the style of Sevres, into their designs.
The cabinet is a formal French Paris piece, exceptional as an entrance hall cabinet with a fabulous Trumeau mirror over it. It is a timeless work of art and in excellent age appropriate condition. All the porcelain plaques are intact, beautifully detailed, and signed on the back. There are minor inconsequential veneer fractures and one piece of ormolu on the side is missing. The cabinet drawer and doors lock, and the original key will accompany the piece.
Size: 41 ½" Height by 49" Width by 20" Depth.