Pair of French Ormolu-Mounted Kingwood Pedestals Signed Millet A. Paris
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Pair of French Ormolu-Mounted Kingwood Pedestals Signed Millet A. Paris. A pair of French ormolu-mounted kingwood marquetry pedestals by Maison Millet. With original marble tops. The serpentine square breche d’Alep marble top with moulded edge, over bombe form case with cube parquetry, floral marquetry and book matched veneer panels, flanked by acanthus cast chutes terminating in sabots, two mounts engraved ‘Millet à Paris’. Established by T. Millet in 1853, the Maison Millet operated until 1902 from premises at 11, rue Jacques-Coeur, Paris, before relocating to 23, boulevard Beaumarchais. Specialising in ‘meubles et bronzes d’art, genre ancien et moderne’, with the accent on Louis XVI antecedents, Maison Millet was awarded medals at many of the late 19th century Universal Exhibitions and, in 1902, was authorised by the director of the Palais de Versailles to replicate Marie-Antoinette’s celebrated Grand cabinet à bijoux. An auction of the firm’s inventory was held in 1906 and they finally ceased trading in 1918. It is also interesting to note that Maison Millet was an active client of François Linke.