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. 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.
Item No. 1007Very fine, Regence period Table De Cabaret à Jeux (game table)
In solid, carved walnut with elegantly shaped cabriole legs terminating in pied de biche, gilt, tooled, and embossed leather top, four drawers (one per side), and pull-out drink holders at each corner. Circa 1715-1727.
29" square by 29" high
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. 862Set of six fine, French, Regence style, carved giltwood fauteuils
Each with foliate carved, channelled frame and carved, giltwood entertrotoise (stretchers). Legs terminating in pied de sabots. Each chair applied with a paper label to the underside:
CALIFORNIA PALACE FOR THE LEGION OF HONOR, 21, LINCOLN PARK, SAN FRANCISCO/1958.54/armchair, wood carved, gesso and gilt; upholstered in silk and wool petit-point embroidery/France, style of about 1710/Lent by the W.H. Crocker Estate and with a stencilled label GUERDE/doreur encadreur/45 rue de Bourgogne 45/Paris/meubles batiment a cadres dor/aes Noir met imitation d'…./eatt/aemiation et oxidisation de 10r.
One of six matching chairs shown. 19th century.
Provenance: W.H. Crocker - Accessioned by the California Palace for the Legion of Honor in 1958