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. 1175Set of twelve French, Neoclassical style dining chairs
Painted and parcel gilded. Richly sculpted in a guilloché pattern resting upon tapered and fluted legs. 19th century.
A similar example is currently on display at Muse´e des Arts De´coratifs in Paris.
37" high by 20" wide by 18½" deep
Item No. 1174Exceptional, French, Art Nouveau period bureau plat
In solid, carved walnut; with five conforming drawers; have writing surface inset with decorative, gilt-embossed leather blotter, each side with tirets (additional pull out writing surfaces), the whole delicately sculpted with flowers and other vegetation and resting upon four slightly cabriole legs. Circa: 1890, L'ecole de Nancy.
Item No. 1169Pair of French, Louis XIV period torcheres
In solid carved natural wood. The upper elements vigorously carved with acanthus leaves, the central columns, triangular in form, pierced and adorned with male masks, the whole resting on a tripod base having sculpted leaves, volutes and lambrequins. Circa 1670.
- Sale in Versailles, Palais des Congres, Commissaire-Priseur Jean-Paul Chapelle, March 3, 1968-acquired by Georges Hereil, Paris.
- 1981: The estate of Georges Hereil, by descent to GG.
Item No. 1167Large, Important, French cache pot
Manufactured by the royal porcelain maker, Sèvres, in painted and gilded porcelain with gilt bronze mounts for the last French King, Louis Phillippe (r. 1830-1848).
The interior bears two stamps, the first having the King's monogram (LP) and the date (1844), and the other bearing the mark for "Château des tuileries", the royal residence where the piece was to be displayed.
14" in diameter by 12" high
Item No. 1166French, Louis XV style, marquetry-inlaid bureau de pente
Inlaid with a combination of exotic woods, including walnut, Brazilian rosewood, satinwood, and birdseye maple; having a fall-front, which opens to reveal a writing surface and interior drawers; the whole resting upon four cabriole legs with bronze d'ore ornament.
In the manner of Hache (Grenoble, France). 19th century.
38¾" wide by 34¼" tall by 19½" deep
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. 1147Pair of exceptional Louis XVI period fauteuils
In solid carved mahogany with giltwood accents, the front aprons inspired by the designs of Georges Jacob, the armrests adorned with mufles de lion (lion masks) in the manner of Jacob Frères (Georges Jacob's sons), and having unusual tapered and sprial-fluted back sabre legs.
Late 18th century.
36½" high by 23½" wide
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