A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry commode Zwiener Jansen Successeur late 19th century

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Lot 1191W
A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry commode
Zwiener Jansen Successeur
late 19th century

Sold for US$ 91,500 inc. premium
A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry commode
Zwiener Jansen Successeur
late 19th century
The serpentine Brèche d'Alep marble top over two bombé form drawers sans traverse with bois de bout floral marquetry on a sycamore ground within a scrolling gilt acanthus banded cartouche form raised on cabriole legs with floral and foliate swag mounts continuing to chutes, ending in scrolled foliate sabots.
height 34in (86cm); width 45in (114cm); depth 24in (61cm)

Footnotes

  • Born in Silesia, Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener established a business in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine section of Paris in 1882, in the former premises of Jean-Baptiste Béfort, known as "Béfort Aîné." He was active until 1895, when Jean-Henri Jansen (1854-1928) purchased his business and stock. Operating under the name of "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.

    Zwiener was among the first cabinetmakers in France to collaborate with the sculptor Léon Messagé. They began working together circa 1880, and Messagé's influence added a distinctly Art Nouveau tone to Zwiener's work, which would later be taken up and developed by François Linke, whoalso collaborated with Messagé. The sublime bronzes of the present commode, combined with a floral marquetry worthy of the finest Dutch still lifes, are almost certainly a reminiscence of this collaboration.

    His unique style won Zwiener the gold medal at the 1882 exhibition of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. One of the judges, René Ménard, remarked that "If Mr. Zwiener had limited himself to literal reproductions, he wouldn't have attracted the attention of the jury so strongly. But alongside his very skillful copies, he has shown us works inspired by his own imagination."

    At this same exhibition, Zwiener showed a bureau plat aux bustes de guerriers after Cressent (see lot 1179 in this catalogue, by H. Conquet), and a commode mazarine after Boulle (see lot 1187 in this catalogue).

    Literature:
    Camille Mestdagh, L'Ameublement d'art français 1850-1900, Les Editions de l'Amateur, 2010, p. 19; pp. 163-64.
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