A fine Louis XV style mahogany gilt bronze mounted bureau plat<BR />late 19th century
Lot 1175W
A very fine Louis XV style mahogany gilt bronze mounted bureau plat
Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener (1849-?)
late 19th century
Sold for US$ 92,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property from a private Northern California collection
A very fine Louis XV style mahogany gilt bronze mounted bureau plat
Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener (1849-?)
late 19th century
The gilt banded serpentine top centering an inset leather writing surface above three drawers and faux drawers at the reverse, each with foliate mounts executed with vigorous scrolls entwined about a central feathery acanthus escutcheon, divided by cornucopia raised on cabriole legs with espagnolettes cast with plumed headdress, ruffed collars and laced bodices, continuing to chutes ending in foliate sabots, stamped on rail J. Zwiener.
height 32in (81cm); width 82in (208cm); depth 39in (99cm)


  • Born in Herdon, Germany in 1849, Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener opened his successful atelier at 12, rue de la Roquette in 1880. He is noted for an elegant interpretation of Rococo furniture from the Garde-Meuble National of France, most notably the celebrated bureau de Roi by Jean-Henri Riesener and Jean-François Oeben, which was a commission from Ludwig II and placed in his study in 1884. He employed as his sculptor Leon Message to create the stunning bronze mounts as those on the offered lot. Zwiener exhibited at the 1889 Paris Exhibition where he was awarded a gold medal, the jurists noted dès ses débuts d'une Exposition universelle, s'est mis au premier rang par la richesse, la hardiesse et le fini de ses meubles incrustis de bronzes et fort habilement marquetis.

    In 1895 his workshop was taken over by the important émigré and ebeniste, François Linke, who Christopher Payne speculates may have worked under Zwiener when he first arrived in Paris in 1875. Linke is known to have also taken on Zwiener's sculptor Leon Messagé. There is a sketch by Message,dated 1871, of espagnolettes with plumed headdress and bound bodice very like to those on the offered bureau plat on page 79 of the referenced Christopher Payne book.

    Payne, Christopher (2003), 'François Linke, 1855-1946, The Belle Epoque of French Furniture', Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge.

    Camille Mestdagh, Pierre Lécoules: 'L'Ameublement d'art français : 1850-1900'; Editions de l'Amateur, 2010; pp. 301-305
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