19C French Neo Classical Revival Style Vitrine – IMPOSING PIECE

19C French Neo Classical Revival Style Vitrine.

STUNNING 19th Century French Empire, Neo-Classical or Rococo Revival  style marquetry vitrine or display cabinet…..of LARGE proportions !!

A real statement piece !

Made of kingwood and walnut with quality Classical ormolu mounts.

It has ebonized pillars in the Empire style …..walnut and rosewood friezes in the Rococo style.

Double glass doors to middle section and single glass doors on either side.

The Glass on the doors are framed in ormolu banding.

Marquetry panels on front…….Parquetry on sides.

The front central section is a pull out drawers with gorgeous rosewood frieze panel and original carved rosewood knobs.

Scrolling pelmet on the top  in 3 sections banded in ormolu beading.

Scrolling base with cabriolet feet and ormolu mounts on base.

Various ormolu mounts ……….. floral mounts………..mounts of Baachus………………….mounts of neo-classical female figures.

In 3 sections……2 side cabinets and large central section with 3 section pelmet………BEAUTIFUL PIECE !!!

19C French Neo Classical Revival Style Vitrine.

The Rococo Revival style emerged in Second Empire France and then was adapted in England. Revival of the rococo style was seen all throughout Europe during the 19th century within a variety of artistic modes and expression including decorative objects of art, paintings, art prints, furniture, and interior design. In much of Europe and particularly in France, the original rococo was regarded as a national style, and to many, its reemergence recalled national tradition. Rococo revival epitomized grandeur and luxury in European style and was another expression of 19th century romanticism and the growing interest and fascination with natural landscape.

During the later half of the nineteenth century, Rococo Revival was also fashionable in American furniture and interior design. John Henry Belter was considered the most prominent figure of rococo revival furniture making. Revival of the rococo style was not restricted to a specific time period or place, but occurred in several waves throughout the 19th century.

Rococo Revival in France

Louis Philippe (1830-1848)

The rising bourgeoisie in France demanded rococo decorative-art objects as a reflection of status, wealth, and material possession.[8] The bourgeois consumer purchased objects and furnishings from a variety of revival styles, including rococo, for its significance in historicizing opulence and grandeur.

Modern French Rococo furniture was characterized by its lightness, elegance and grace.[9] Its ornamentation consisted of delicate foliage and intricate details. Other characteristics included: embellished and elaborate carving, rich carving of floral and fruit motifs, curved frames, and tufted upholstery.

Second Empire (1852-1870)

According to a publication by Caroline Ingra,[10] Italian artists came to Paris during the Second Empire in search for artistic opportunities. Rome remained the center for young artists wanting to study classical tradition but not for artists who wanted to study contemporary art. They adapted the fashionable revival of eighteenth-century rococo genre painting. The fame and recognition of these Italian artists of Spanish origin and based primarily on the work of Mariano Fortuny.

Paris represented the latest in modern artistic development and attracted many artists. Fortuny attracted an audience in Paris upon first appearance in 1860. His work had a resemblance to 18th century paintings by Antoine Watteau and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. The late Second Empire patrons were most interested in Fortuny’s revival of 18th century genre painting.[11]

Fortuny’s rococo-revival imagery was especially appealing to the French audience during the last years of the Second Empire.[12] During this period, a major revival interest was seen in 18th century Paris and genre painting that was practiced by academic artists. For the increasing bourgeois audience, the rococo-revival paintings presented an optimistic outlook on life and were appropriate to the new Parisian ‘nobility’ of the late Second Empire.

Ingra notes that, “The vogue for rococo imagery [during the Second Empire] however, represented more than a shift in patronage and, consequently, taste. The interest in prerevolutionary art was part of the efforts of Second Empire officialdom to establish legitimacy for itself by connecting with a period when royalty was as yet unchallenged.” [13] She continues by asserting, “Reviving this early regime was a means of flattering themselves and emphasizing their own imperialist claims, in hope of achieving the awe and respect of the populace supposedly enjoyed by the former regime.” [14]

The Second Empire was interested in reviving rococo art as a means to regenerate the ideals and values of the old regime. It was a means to emphasize pride, power, and respect in hopes of achieving admiration and devotion enjoyed by the former regime. However, some contemporary figures were appalled and considered that the exploitation of rococo revival by Italian artists was an inferior body of work. Critics saw this new manner of painting as vapid and without style.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rococo_Revival

19C French Neo Classical Revival Style Vitrine.


The cabinet can be used for display purposes…….currently the center display unit is being used as a gun display…….we are in Texas after all !!

This could easily be re-arranged by using glass shelves.

19C French Neo Classical Revival Style Vitrine.The cabinet has been wired to illuminate the interior with sensor switch.

19C French Neo-Classical Revival Style Vitrine.

Provenance: Bought at Auction in Ireland.

Made circa 1860.

Dimensions: 88″ (7.34 Feet) High  x 76″ (6.34 feet)  Wide and 24″ (2 feet) deep

Condition: Good original condition. Some repairs to ormolu beading on the base.

Price Now: $10,600

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