A spectacular and most impressive French 19 century Louis XVI st. burl walnut and ormolu cabinet, signed Grohe. The cabinet is raised by ebony block supports below the frieze with a protruding central section. The cabinet door is elaborately decorated by a triple raised façade with a floral bouquet marquetry of exotic woods and mother of pearl. The central panel has a brass rosette at each corner bordered by filets of brass and quarter round inlays of burl walnut and tulipwood. The door opens to reveal an adjustable shelf and is flanked by vertical brass fitted fluted columns. At each side are six drawers with raised central panels with brass keyhole escutcheons and borders. At the apron there are three additional drawers likewise decorated. Above is the original white Carrara marble top that follows the contours of the cabinet.
Guillaume Grohé (1808-1885) Born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, Grohé immigrated to Paris with his brother Jean-Michel in 1827. The brothers participated in the Exposition des Produits de l'Industrie Française, in 1834. They worked together under the name of Grohé Frères from 1847 to 1884. Grohé was awarded numerous medals of distinctions during his long career and was considered a highly respected Ébéniste, similar to François Linke. His firm supplied King Louis-Philippe, Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, as well as Queen Victoria.