A French Louis XV St. Bureau Plat By Theodore Millet
Item # 6258
An exceptional and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XV st. tulipwood, rosewood and ormolu Bureau Plat by Theodore Millet. The desk is raised by four elegant cabriole legs decorated by richly top chased ormolu mounts above ormolu chutes and wrap around sabots. At the scalloped frieze are three drawers with highly detailed foliate ormolu filets in a satin and burnish finish which frame the inlaid floral marquetry. Each drawer is elaborately bordered with foliate scrolled ormolu mounts with ormolu keyhole escutcheons The back is similarly decorated with the same design on the three faux drawers. At the top is the original gold tooled brown leather writing surface within a rosewood border and ormolu scalloped border. Extremely finely chased throughout with all original gilt.
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.