A superb Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood marquetry commode with pink-beige marble top<BR />in the manner of BVRB (Bernard van Risenburgh (born after 1696 - circa 1766)<BR />attributed to Paul-Charles Sormani (1848 - after 1909)<BR />fourth quarter 19th century
Lot 1307W
A superb Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood marquetry commode with pink-beige marble top
after a model by Joseph Baumhauer, known as Joseph (d. 1762)
attributed to the Maison Jansen
late 19th century
Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of a Manhattan private collection
A superb Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood marquetry commode with pink-beige marble top
after a model by Joseph Baumhauer, known as Joseph (d. 1762)
attributed to the Maison Jansen
late 19th century
height 35in (89cm); width 59 1/2in (151cm); depth 26in (66cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Purchased at William Baumgartner & Co., New York, circa 1917

    Jean-Henri Jansen (1854-1928) began his career as an upholsterer and decorator in Paris in 1882. In 1895, Jansen bought Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener's workshops and rights, incorporating the established firm into the young Maison Jansen. The firm grew rapidly in the early years of the 20th century, opening branches in Buenos Aires, New York, London, Havana and Alexandria. After Jansen's death it continued to provide furniture and decorations to an illustrious clientele throughout most of the 20th century, most memorably working with Jacqueline Kennedy in the early 1960s on the refurbishing of the White House.

    The present lot most likely dates from early in Jean-Henri Jansen's career, shortly after he acquired the Zwiener workshops. The extreme attention to detail, the vigorous molding and quality of the bronze mounts, and the overall superb execution all indicate a masterwork from Jansen's finest period.

    cf. The Victoria and Albert Museum, inventory number 1013-1882 for the model by Joseph.
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