AN EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF FRENCH PARQUETRY INLAID BEDSIDE CABINETS, PARIS, CIRCA 1880
By the firm of Maison Krieger, both ink stamped KRIEGER verso and impressed along top edge of drawer
Item # 611IUG13Q
It is difficult to imagine a more pleasing pair of nightstand cabinets than the present example. Expertly veneered in a complex array of parquetry and marquetry along the fronts with vibrant mahogany grains on both sides, they are striking and surprisingly modern in their angular appeal. An original green marble top is inset on both cabinets, this gorgeous piece of stone chiseled to feature an integral raised border around all sides. Beneath the front edge of the top is a finely cast egg-and-dart gilt bronze molding over a single drawer with alternating light and dark woods in repeating arches flanking four square bronze panels framing marquetry scenes of florals. Both stands retain an original key that operates the brass locks, opening the drawers to reveal incredibly crisp dovetailing of the oak secondary woods and a tight smoothly operating drawer.
One cabinet is finished with an arched mirror and an open space for holding books or presenting objects while the other features a pair of cabinet doors finished in the most magnificent feathered parquetry in repeating reeds. These cabinet doors open to reveal a carrara marble finished interior. Two lower drawers are beautifully inlaid with an angular Greco-Roman stringer design around feathered veneers. The cabinets rest over simple turned and tapered legs terminating in gilt bronze egg sabots. The reverse of each cabinet shows a precise neatness in joinery, the symmetrical and thoughtful craftsmanship evident even in these unseen areas - both stamped with faded black ink “KRIEGER PARIS (76?) FAUBOURG (illegible)” and the upper drawer of both are impressed KRIEGER.
These are a most fine acquisition and remain in exceptional original condition throughout.
Antoine Krieger was born in 1804 in the German region of what was then Bas-Rhin and is now Alsace. He moved to Paris with his brother Nicolas in 1826 and established his company at 17, Rue Saint-Nicolas in the same year. They moved to 11 Rue Saint-Nicolas in 1828, 77 Rue Saint-Nicolas in 1833, 52 Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1838 and to 84 Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1844. Finally the company changed to Antoine Kriger et Cie in 1850 and was transfered to 76 Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1853. His firm was adept at executing both old and modern styles, adapting the styles of the Louis XV and XVI periods to be more in line with the tastes of the present day, generally producing pieces on a fixed-price basis for resale from his showrooms. In 1852 he was awarded a second-class medal at the London Exhibition; he also presented a dressing table at the Exposition Universelle of 1855, the work with plaques of deer hunting and figures of falconry from the Middle Ages where it was reviewed as being “a piece of furniture that has many uses, but is very expensive”.
- Le Mobilier Français du XIX Siécle: Dictionnaire des ébenistes et menuisiers, Denise Ledoux-Lebard, 2000, p. 395-398
Measurements: 33 1/2” H x 23 1/2” W x 14 1/2” D
Both marble tops have had cracks in corners repaired over time. Minor age appropriate scuffs/blemish; small chip loss to veneer on back edge of one cabinet. Old refinish of surfaces, some touch ups and veneer restorations evident. Overall remaining in outstanding condition.