Attributed to Maison Fourdinois
Dining room furniture
Walnut, blackened wood
Second half of the 19th century
Sideboard: H.370 - L.239 - P.66 cm
Table: H.73 - L.160 - P.141 cm
Spectacular credenza cabinet in walnut and ebonized wood, attributed to Maison Fourdinois. In its upper part, the credence is surmounted by vases and an architectural niche welcoming a bronze diane with brown patina (probably added), with two women in caryatids supporting baskets of flowers, framing columns and a large and high mirror . In its lower part, the credenza is half-moon shaped, opening by 4 drawers and 4 doors, carved and inlaid with acanthus leaf and shell motifs.
The table, probably added and not from Maiosn Fourdinois, is in richly carved walnut decorated with clusters of fruit and flowers. They rest on a central shaft, supported by 4 baluster feet, accompanied by 9 extensions of 50 cm.
THE FOURDINOIS HOUSE, FATHER AND SON
The Fourdinois house is very important for the history of cabinetmaking in the XIX century, but also for the history of taste of his time, then characterized by the " neo-styles ". Over only two generations, Alexandre-Georges Fourdinois (1799-1871) then Henri-Auguste (1830-1907) the son, the Fourdinois house enjoyed many successes at universal exhibitions, becoming the reference in luxury cabinetmaking for customers of a sumptuous Second Empire.
(Credit: Museum of Decorative Arts)
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Attribué à la maison Fourdinois, salle à manger en noyer et bois noirci, XIXe