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Louis XVI Style Armoire After Guillaume Benneman

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Directory: Antiques: Furnishings: Furniture: French: Revival: Pre 1910: item # 903491

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Louis XVI Style Armoire After Guillaume Benneman
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This extraordinary, palatial size French cabinet after the original by Guillaume Benneman (1750-1811) dates from the late nineteenth century and measures 98" (8 ft 2 in) tall, 60" (5 ft) wide and 22" deep. It features extensive and massive bronze mounts throughout by the French bronzier Leon Kahn, who according to Sotheby's was a leading bronzier working in France in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Underside of mounts bear the stamped mark "KAHN", and the lock shows the stamped mark E. LAURENT PARIS RUE DE CHARONNE. The pediment has neoclassical guilloche, reed and tie, and foliate motifs. The frieze and side panels feature patera, rosettes, and egg and dart motifs. And the center door has putti and swags, lion mask, and lower panel with classical mask, arrow and drapery and foliate motifs. The sides feature floral and geometric parquetry inlay and marquetry inlay depicting flaming torches, surrounded by bronze mounts with foliate and tied ribbon motifs. The cabinet rests upon four enormous animal claw and ball feet. Each side cabinet and center cabinet have adjustable notched selving with two shelves each. Overall condition is very good. There is some crackling to the parquetry noticeable on the sides, and scrapes and small chips here and there near the base.

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