pied de biche
Deer feet, typically found at the base of cabriole legs in Regence and Louis XV furniture. (c.f. pied de sabots)
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Item No. 1153French, Neoclassical style lamp
In gilt bronze and patinated bronze with a winged putto (cherub) holding two candelabra above a square plinth base elaborately cast in bronze d'ore.
Attributed to Henri Picard, who was established in Paris, 6 rue Jarente from 1831 to 1839 and then 10 rue de la Perle from 1840 to 1864. Picard worked on Emperor Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre Palace.
Second half of the 19th century.
23" high by 13" diameter
Item No. 979Fine, Louis XV style tric-trac table
In solid, carved walnut having cabriole legs ending in pied de biche (deer feet) and reversable top, one side (shown) with marquetry inlaid board for checkers, the other in green felt suitable for card playing. Removing the top reveals an inset, marquetry-inlaid backgammon board. The whole delicately carved. Late 18th or early 19th century from Nimes, France.
Item No. 1128Pair of French, Louis XV style canapés
In solid, carved giltwood. One of the period (mid-18th century), the other later (19th century). Each having six legs elegantly carved with shells, acanthus leaves, and pomegranates.
Created for le Château de Dampierre, a castle in Dampierre-en-Yvelines, in the Vallée de Chevreuse, France.
45" wide by 35" high
Item No. 1123Louis XV period console
In solid, carved beechwood with original rouge de Languedoc marble top. Mid-18th century.
55" wide by 24" deep by 33¾" high
Item No. 1108Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, polychrome-painted wood sarcophagus panel
Brightly painted in ochre, red and black with Nut in profile to the right, wearing a tightly-fitting dress, broad collar and bracelets, a fillet across her forehead with a frontal lotus flower, sun disc above her head, lotus buds and flowers sprouting on either side of her feet and a bunch before her torso.
As a divinity responsible for renewing the sun each day by swallowing the setting sun, Ra, each evening and giving birth to him by her womb in the morning, Nut was regarded as suitable imagery for the underside of the lid of sarcophagi, as this associated the deceased with re-enacting the journey of the Ra between heaven and earth. For further, see I. Shaw and P. Nicholson, British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, London, 1995, pp.207-208.
Circa 332-30 B.C.
- Private collection, San Francisco.
- Anonymous sale; Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 29 October 2007, lot 1390.
- with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York (Art of the Ancient World, 2009, no.188).
- M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, Mougins, 2011, p.49, fig.34.
- Mougins, Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, June 2011-2018.
- Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, France, acquired from the above.
Item No. 838Italian, Rococo period, walnut console
With wooden top painted to resemble marble and legs terminating in pied de sabots. From Naples. Mid-18th century.
60" wide by 35" high by 26½" deep
Item No. 950Italian, Regence Period, gilt and polychrome-painted six-panel screen
Inspired by the designs of Claude III Audran, "La Serie des Douze Mois" (The Twelve Month Series"). The frames vigorously carved in silvered wood; the panels 18th century the painting refreshed in the 19th century; each decorated in green grotesque style on gold background depicting zodiac signs and mythological gods.
109" high by 168" wide
Item No. 1078French Régence giltwood table with nero antico marble top
The shaped rectangular top above diaper-carved frieze centered by a shell-form cartouche, the four diaper-carved legs with shell-carved knees terminating in hoof feet and united by X-form stretcher. From L'ile de France, circa 1725.
31½" high by 44" wide by 23" deep
Item No. 922Pair of very fine Neoclassical period fauteuils of large dimension
In solid, carved giltwood. Circa 1780. Stamped "P H Poire JME" (Philippe Poirié, who was named Maître Ébéniste in 1765).
Poirié produced seating in the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles. While his Louis XV items were considered ordinary, his Louis XVI production was considered brilliant. His works are displayed in the Musee du Louvre, Musee de Beauvais, and Musee de Cognac-Jay.
40" high by 27½" wide by 22½" deep
Item No. 1067Fine, Northern Italian, painted and parcel gilded table de milieu
With marble top having outset corners above a scrolling foliate-carved frieze (en arabesque), with female masks at the corners, the whole atop tapering, stop-fluted legs terminating in lion's paw feet. Circa 1780.
33¼" high by 51½" wide by 28¼" deep
Item No. 1065Exceptional, French, Neoclassical period commode
Of demi-lune form having acajou moucheté (plum pudding mahogany) veneers and original hand-beveled marble top; having three central drawers, each one framed with bronze ornament and two functioning side compartments with hinged doors. Circa 1780.
Stamped F. REIZELL twice to top and G. KEMP once to top.
François Reizell was a German ébéniste who established his workshop on the faubourg Saint-Antoine. In 1770 he moved to the rue des Saints-Pères. His principal client was the prince de Condé for whom he supplied pieces at the Palais Bourbon and for the country houses at Chantilly and Villegenis.
Guillaume Kemp, maître in 1764.
35" high by 58" wide by 25½" deep
Item No. 1017Very fine pair of French, Regence style marquises
In solid, carved walnut with arched, upholstered paneled backs and seats, scroll arm supports, and cabriole legs joined by stretchers and terminating in pied de biche. 19th century.
47½" high by 37" wide by 24" deep (seat depth)
Item No. 1012Fine, French, Regence period, canapé
In solid, carved walnut with cabriole legs terminating in pied de sabots. Covered in silk damask. Early 18th century.
Provenance: Formerly part of the furnishings of the Chateau Viticole du Carcassone.