A superbe Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted mahogany vitrine Guillaume Grohé third quarter 19th century
Stamped to reverse GROHÉ A PARIS. height 79in (201cm); width 40 1/2in (103cm); depth 16 1/2in (42cm)
Guillaume Grohé (1808-1885) was one of the dominant suppliers of luxury furniture in the mid-19th century. He emigrated to Paris from his native Hesse-Darmstadt with his brother Jean-Michel in 1827, and already in 1834 they participated in the Exposition des produits de l'industrie française. The brothers worked together under the name of Grohé Frères from 1847 to 1861, and after Jean-Michel's retirement, Guillaume ran the company alone until 1884.
Grohé was awarded numerous medals and distinctions during his long career, and was considered by his contemporaries to be the finest ébéniste of his day. His firm supplied King Louis-Philippe and the French aristocracy, Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, as well as Queen Victoria.