A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted marquetry bombé commode by Zwiener Jansen successeur, Paris
Lot 243
A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted marquetry bombé commode
by Zwiener Jansen successeur, Paris
Sold for £31,250 (US$ 52,525) inc. premium
Lot Details
A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted marquetry bombé commode
by Zwiener Jansen successeur, Paris
the serpentine stepped Villefranche de Conflent marble top above two bombé drawers decorated sans-traverses with floral marquetry within a scrolling acanthus banded cartouche, the angles with espagnolettes with open corsets, the bombé sides with similar inlay of floral bouquets, on cabriole legs and paw-cast feet, the reverse of the central mount marked Z and another indistinct letter N or J, 115cm wide, 57.5cm deep, 91cm high (45in wide, 22.5in deep, 35.5in high).

Footnotes

  • This commode is a perfect example of the exuberant rococo style introduced by the designer and sculptor Léon Messagé (1842-1901), first developed by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener and from 1900 by François Linke.

    The corner mounts "à espagnolettes" with open corsets and the heart shaped central cartouche are typical of Zwiener's work and can be seen on a nearly identical example illustrated in Camille Mestdagh, L'ameublement d'art français (1850-1900), fig.17.

    Zwiener was among the first cabinetmakers in France to make furniture after Léon Messagé's design. They began working together circa 1880, notably for the 1882 Exhibition in Paris.
    Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener (born in 1849) established his workshop 12, rue de la Roquette near the Faubourg Saint Antoine and worked in Paris between 1880 and 1895.
    Jean-Henri Jansen (1854-1929) who began a career in decorating, rue Royale, succeeded to Zwiener in 1895 and renamed the business 'Zwiener Jansen successeur'. Jansen continued to faithfully produce Zwiener's creations, using the original models and lavishing the utmost care on these meubles de luxe.

    A similar commode with a mount marked ZN for Zwiener sold at Sotheby's New York, 21 October 2008, lot 196.
    A similar commode with a mount marked Z for Zwiener sold at Sotheby's New York, A Private Collection, Volume I, Important French Furniture and Decorations, including Signed Furniture and Items from the Linke Family Private Collection, 26 October 2006, lot 135 ($132,000).
    A similar commode with a mount marked ZJ for Zwiener Jansen successeur, sold at Sotheby's New York, A Private Collection, Volume I, Important French Furniture and Decorations, including Signed Furniture and Items from the Linke Family Private Collection, 26 October 2006, lot 136 ($108,000).

    Literature:
    Camille Mestdagh, L'ameublement d'art français (1850-1900), 2010.
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