Posted by: Helen Britten | April 30, 2011

Fabulous Interiors

Albert Cheuret Sconce

Albert Cheuret (1884-1966):  Albert Cheuret defined himself as a sculpture decorator.  He studied sculpture with Jacques Perrin and Georges Lemaire before opening his own workshop in Paris, France.   After 1907 he regularly had expositions at the Salon Des Artiste Francais.  Much of his work included animal subjects, especially birds.   He designed furniture, clocks and lighting ( in bronze and alabaster, his specialty).  You can see the influence of the discovery of Toutenkahamon’s tomb  (1922) in his work.   Many artists veered towards incorporating exotic animals into their design.   This exceptional silvery bronze wall lamp model ” serpentine” representing a bird of prey seizing in it’s beak a snake clasping an alabaster lampshade is now available through Willsbridge.  

Signed "Albert Cheuret"on the left wing
Ancient cast edition
Circa 1930
Height: 27’1/2             Width: 41’1/3                Depth: 17’1/2
Price: 36,500 USD

Exceptional Ovoïd shape, flared vase in Lens stoneware

Louis Botinelly: (1883-1962)   The son of a stonecutter and mason,  born in Switzerland but then moved to Mareille France.  Thanks to a grant from the city of Marseille, Louis Botinelly could stay in Italy, where he worked in the studio of Jules Coutan . In 1905 he won first place at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He settled in Paris in 1906 , where he made ​​many of his works.   Much of his talent can be seen in the architecture of Marseille, just to name a few:

  • Colonies Asian and African colonies (1923-1924), allegorical groups located on the lower tier of the grand staircase of the Saint-Charles station in Marseille.
  • Law and Justice protects the right (1925), the sculptural group in the VIP lounge of the Annex of the Court of Justice of Marseille (now High Court).
  • Jean d’Arc , marble statue in the courtyard of the Church of the Reformed in Marseille.
  • Monument erected at the corner of sibie and Plain ( place Jean-Jaurès ) to commemorate the voyage in a balloon-Marseille Corsica performed November 14, 1886 by Louis Capazza and Alphonse Fondère .

Here we have an exceptional ovoid shape, flared vase in Lens stoneware with two large curling handles on a wide grooved,cylindrical column.The middle of the vase is directly carved with a border of draped,dancing characters on an engraved background.   Signed on the lower part of the vase “Louis BOTINELLY”

Circa 1928.


Height: 46′. ( Vase and Column)     Diameter: 18′.    Height: 21’1/4. (Vase)

Price: 41,000 USD

Important Louis XV Style Chinoiserie Inlaid Oval Commode

Description:  Circa 1750, most likely Vienna; featuring a shaped oval marble top over the cabinet which is finished in the round; with two drawers flanked with a pair of cabinet doors, applied rocaille ormolu mounts and raised on cabriole legs ending with sabots. Note: This is one of a pair of commodes- The matching commode sits in the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria in the Yellow Salon. According to the Schoenbrunn: ‘The Yellow Salon marks the start of the apartments which overlook the gardens of the palace. This room was once the bedroom of Emperor Francis Stephen and Maria Theresa in the early years of their marriage until 1747. Later it was occupied by the Emperor´s sister, Charlotte of Lorraine, and it is mentioned as having been used by Emperor Franz I as his study. The furniture dating to around 1770 displays the old forms of the Rococo as well as neo-Classical elements. Since Maria Theresa either had everyday items of furniture auctioned off when they were no longer needed or gave them to court servants…’ As you might recall, Maria Theresa’s youngest daughter was Marie Antoinette. Provenance: Rare Art Inc, NYC 1976.
Condition: is good overall, with restoration as expected. 

Height- 35.5  Width- 45  Depth- 29

Price: $120,000



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