A Louis XV Ormolu – Mounted, Kingwood and Bois Satine, Marquetry Bureau a Gradin. Attributed to Theodore Millet. Circa 1880
This fabulous and rare Louis XV style bureau à gradin, upper structure of kidney-shape form surmounted an elegant white enamel dial clock, above four small drawers flanking an open compartment, each curved side with a scrolling acanthus issuing two-lights candelabra en girandoles,
The desk decorated on all sides with magnificent kingwood and satinwood marquetry, gilt tooled brown leather writing surface above three frieze drawers flanked to the sides by a scrolling acanthus clasp surmounted by a head, the curved sides and back centred by a pierced acanthus and foliate mount, the whole standing on cabriole legs terminating in exquisite sabots.
W:130cm, D:70cm, H:140cm
THEODORE MILLET (c.1853-c.1904)
Maison Millet was a renowned 19th century furniture atelier that was described as producing Antique furniture and bronze art, specializing in the Louis XV and XVI styles. The company won several awards in a series of exhibitions in London and Paris, such as the gold medal in the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, a Grand Prix in 1900 and three further diplomes d’honneur and four médailles d’or for the furniture they produced. In March 1902, the firm was authorized by the Palace of Versailles to replicate Marie-Antoinette’s celebrated Grand cabinet à bijoux.