A Regence Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Bureau Plat by Zwiener.
French, Circa 1890.
Stamped to the reverse of the bronze mounts 'JZ'.
This fine bureau plat has a shaped leather inset top with gilt-bronze encadrement above three frieze drawers with foliate handles. The desk is raised on cabriole legs headed by finely cast figural espagnolettes and terminating in scrolled sabots.
Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener (1848- 1895) was one of the leading furniture makers of the end of the nineteenth century. Of German extraction he established a very successful studio in Paris, producing the very finest furniture, often inspired by the public collections in France. He employed as his sculptor, Léon Messagé, the genius Parisian sculptor.
Zwieners pieces were acquired by many of the leading collectors of the nineteenth century. In particular he supplied his interpretation of the famous Bureau du Roi to Ludwig II at Herrenchiemsee, which was placed in the King's study in 1884.