French Art Nouveau Cold Painted Bronze and Copper Mounted Marquetry Inlaid Part Ebonized Work Table
Charles Guillaume Diehl, Souvenir de Exposition 1878, Paris
The later cinqfoil-stepped lid decorated with a flower filled interior suspended from a ribbon, opening to a cushioned base, above a conforming frieze with naturalistic leaf, dragonfly, butterfly and applied insect motifs, raised on three inturned curved legs mounted on two knees with cast grasshoppers and ending in small insects climbing branches, on an incurved triangular platform base centering a bouquet and hovering bumble bee and surmounted by cast turtles, raised on toupie feet, underside numbered VIII, interior with stamped lockplate. Height 28 1/2 inches, diameter 15 inches.
A related table is in the collection of the Musee D'Orsay.
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