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A French 19th century Empire st. ormolu cabinet vitrine

List: $38,500.00

A handsome and most impressive French 19th century Empire st. ormolu cabinet vitrine. The vitrine is raised by striking paw feet with luxuriant pierced palmette designs. Above the straight mottled base with a beautiful mottle design are the two doors... — Read More

  • Item # 3948
  • H: 59.25 in L: 41.5 in D: 9 in

    H: 150 cm L: 105 cm D: 23 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Glass, Ormolu
  • Empire st. Read More
  • (Empire st.) - Neo-Classical in style, it was inspired by the decorative motifs and characteristics of Greco-Roman models, characterized as noble and massive. Mahogany, Rosewood, and Ebony were the preferred woods. Brass or gilt mounts in the form of swags, festoons, laurel wreaths, torches, and mythological creatures were used. Also common were the Napoleonic emblems of the bee, the crown, and the letter "N". After Napoleon conquered Egypt, he was so inspired by what he saw there, and he instructed his cabinet makers to include designs of sphinxes, Cariatides, and other Egyptian figures, in their creations.
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A French 19th century Empire st. ormolu cabinet vitrine