0043: A Louis XV-Style Kingwood Parquetry and Bronze-Mo
A Louis XV-Style Kingwood Parquetry and Bronze-Mounted Vitrine, 19th c., Blaise Millet for Maison Millet, Paris, bronze mounts signed “MB,” the glazed case with a domed top and two doors, table base with scalloped frieze drawer, cabriole legs, shaped stretcher shelf, height 46 1/2 in., width 30 1/2 in., depth 19 1/2 in. Note: Founded in Paris by Theodore Millet in 1853, the furniture firm Maison Millet’s production was of the scale and quality of Sormani, Dasson, Beurdeley, Krieger and Durand. The firm won several awards in the world exhibitions in London and Paris, such as the gold medal in the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, a Grand Prix in 1900, three further "diplomes d'honneur" and four "médailles d'or" for the quality of the furniture it produced. Millet closely collaborated with Leon Message, who worked exclusively for him, Linke, Zwiener, and Roux et Brunet. The quality of Millet's work is comparable with Sormani, Dasson, Beurdeley, Krieger and Durand.