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Louis XV style kingwood, satine and bronze-mounted bureau rognan, attributed to Theodore Millet late 19th century
kidney-form case with serpentine domed superstructure fitted with central clock and small drawers over well, flanked by pairs of drawers with double candleholder mounts, with gilt-tooled leather writing surface above three frieze drawers on cabriole legs, with mask-head back panels, chutes, sabots and scrolling moldings.
H47 1/2" W61" D33"

Other Notes: Maison Millet was established by Theodore Millet in 1853, and operated until 1902 from premises at 11, Rue Jacques-Coeur, Paris before relocating to 23, Boulevard Beaumarchais. Maison Millet was a highly regarded furniture firm that was described as producing "meuble et bronze d'art, genre ancient et modern." The company won several awards in the 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. The firm specialized in the Louis XV and XVI styles, though they were acclaimed by their contemporaries for working in their own modern style. In March 1902, the firm was authorized by the Palais de Versailles to replicate Marie-Antoinette's celebrated Grand cabinet à bijoux. An auction was held in 1906 clearing the remaining stock and the firm finally ceased trading in 19818. Maison Millet was an active client of François Linke.

  • Minor veneer lifting. Gilding on bronze mounts excellent overall with slight losses, one bobeche replaced. Clock is not operating, with light crazing across dial. Very good condition overall, with small imperfections consistent with age.

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September 12, 2009 10:00 AM EDT
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