MACASSAR EBONY, SHAGREEN AND GILT BRONZE CABINET - DETAILby André Frechet (1875-1973)
France, circa 1935
69" high; 46" wide; 19" deep
This macassar ebony cabinet has two doors which are surrounded by a strip of white shagreen decorated with gilt bronze stars. The highlight of the cabinet is the gilt bronze escutcheon, which is cast as two cobras with arrows. This bronze escutcheon and the bronze stars were made by sculptor, Laurent Malcles.
Frechet was director of the Ecole Boulle in Paris. He participated from 1921 to 1935 at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, of which he was Vice President. At the 1925 Exposition des Art Décoratifs, he earned a Grand Prix.
Impressed on lower opening A.P. Frechet/ JEANSELME. Jeanselme was founded in 1834 and within a short time became one of the most important cabinetmakers in Paris.
Mobilier et Décoration, August 1937, p. 249.
Alastair Duncan, "Art Deco Furniture: The French Designers", Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1984, p. 72, plate 83.
$110,000 - Inv. #37