Antique Napoleon III Table en Chiffoniere G.Trollope & Sons 19th C
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The gilt bronze mounted kingwood, amaranth and marquetry table en chiffoniere has an inset marble top above a frieze drawer inlaid with quill, inkpot and books, over a row of leather bookends, with a useful frieze drawer and another on the side.
The underside bears a label for the cabinet maker and builder G. Trollope & Sons and this would have been made in their Paris workshops.
Trollope & Sons, of Belgravia London, were one of the largest and best-known makers of furniture in London during the reign of Queen Victoria. This cabinet comes from an era of great acclaim for Trollope and Sons which saw them exhibit in both London and Paris. Additionally to their cabinet making skills, Trollope and Sons also built Claridge’s Hotel and many of the Caddogan Estate properties too.
A very similar stamped table by Francois Linke sold recently at Christie's, Opulence, New York, 13 April 2017, lot 117.
Works by G. Trollope are on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 74 x Width 34 x Depth 27
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 1 foot, 1 inch x Depth 11 inches
George Trollope and Sons
1778 Joseph Trollope formed George Trollope and Sons.
1850s The firm continued as a family business; it expanded by undertaking large speculative building projects in Belgravia and in 1864 Became a limited liability company.
1860s the economic slump found the building side of the company dangerously over committed but the assets of the interior decorating, estate agency, and cabinet-making branches were protected.
1870s the firm re-established itself as builders of residential property, particularly on the Cadogan estate in Chelsea.
1891 George Trollope took over the business. Trollopes built Claridge's Hotel and Alfred Beit's house in Park Lane. The firm also diversified into ship-fitting and the construction of country houses.
1903 Amalgamation of the building business with that of Colls and Sons as George Trollope and Sons and Colls and Sons, otherwise known as Trollope and Colls.
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
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