French Ormolu Mounted Vitrine by Charles Guillaume Diehl
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A spectacular large French Napoleon III Ormolu Mounted showcase by Charles-Guillaume Diehl, and Helene Bertaux.
Each one of the three glazed doors mounted with a relief-cast oval plaque depicting flying putti and a lady in various positions, flanked by acanthus leaves and ribbons. The shoulders mounted with female espagnolettes, topped with a gilt bronze bust of a lady.
Lock Plate Signed DIEHL/19. R. Michel-le-Comte/PARIS
The plaques by Helene Bertaux (Madame Leon Bertaux, 1825-1909)
Plaques inscribed: Mme Leon BERTAUX.
Height: 102″ (266.7cm)
Width: 77″ (195.5cm)
Depth: 16.5″ (41.9cm)
Charles Guillaume Diehl was born in 1811 in Steinbach (Hesse), Germany. In 1840, like many other cabinetmakers, Diehl settled in Paris to produce small pieces of furniture such as sewing tables. By 1850 he was listed first time in the Trade Almanach. Diehl participated in the Great Exhibition in 1851 and in all other major international exhibitions during the middle of the 19th century. In 1870 he established a large atelier where he employed no less than 600 craftsmen. Diehl became a naturalized French citizen in 1872. Circa 1885 Diehl died. Diehl's pieces are collected by such prestigious museums worldwide Including the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, the Rijks museum in Amsterdam and Nancy and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.