Friday, October 26, 2007

EMPIRE ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY GUÉRIDON, CIRCA 1815

EMPIRE ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY GUÉRIDON CIRCA 1815,
THE ORMOLU INSCRIBED FEUCHÈRE
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MEASUREMENTS
measurementsheight 31 in.; diameter 43 1/2 in.
alternate measurements 78.5 cm; 110.5 cm
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DESCRIPTION
with a circular Swedish green porphyry top, the frieze with an ormolu border incorporating a bacchic feast; the ormolu tazza inscribed beneath the rim FEUCHERE D'APRES LE DESSIN DE MR HUVÉE.
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PROVENANCE
By repute, the collections of the duc de La Rochefoucauld Doudeauville, in the château de la Vallée au Loup
Collection of the dukes of La Rochefoucauld DoudeauvilleSold Poulain Le Fur, Paris, June 22, 2000, lot 126
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LITERATURE AND REFERENCES
C. Huchet de Quénetain, Les Styles Consulat et Empire, Paris, 2005, p. 124, fig. 91. At the time of the June 2000 sale, the guéridon was said to have come from the house of the celebrated author François-René de Châteaubriant at Chatenay Malabry in the Vallée au loup. The guéridon does not appear in any of the documentation concerning the purchase of the house in 1807 and Châteaubriant's sale in 1818 to the duc de Montmorency or in the inventory of 1826 following the latter's death. In fact the three inventories of the house list more simple country furnishings. Most probably the nephew of the duc de Montmorency commissioned this guéridon. Louis François Sosthène de La Rochefoucauld Doudeauville 1785-1864 married in 1807 Elisabeth, the only daughter of the duc de Montmorency-Laval. It is even more important to note that the duc de La Rochefoucauld Doudeauville was the witness at the wedding of Jean Jacques Huvé in 1815. The architect Jean-Jacques Huvé 1783-1852, was the son of the architect of the same name who won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1770 and was mayor of Versailles. Jean Jacques Huvé joined the Percier firm in 1805. Admitted at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the architect was, under the direction of Vignon, commissioned to finish the construction of the church of the Madeleine. In 1821, Louis XVIII commissioned him to build the château de Saint-Ouen, which became the favorite residence of his mistress, Madame du Cayla. Laden with honors, he died in 1852. The bronzier Lucien-François Feuchère was known to have worked with his father Pierre François before the Revolution. His workshops in the rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth had more than 150 artisans and provided many pieces for the Garde-Meuble Impérial. He received a silver medal at the Exposition de l'Industrie in 1819 for his bronze works. He retired in 1824 and left his workshop to his son Armand and his son-in-law Fossey.
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A guéridon in the Palacio Real in Madrid is fitted with an identical bacchic frieze, certainly supplied by Feuchère, see, F. Chueca Goita, El Palacio Real de Madrid, Madrid, 1998, p. 125.
.. Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 645,800 USD - LOT 648
PROVENANCE: Private collection (SDK)