Their son Infante José Eugenio de Baviera y Borbon (1909-1966),
His daughter Maria Cristina de Baviera y Messia, Condesa de Odiel (1913-2014),
With a Spanish antique dealer;
Private Collection, Madrid,
From acquired by the present owner.
The firm of Froment-Meurice was established by François-Désiré Froment-Meurice (1802-1855) in 1832. He was succeeded by his son Emile (1837-1913) who continued to increase the prestige of the firm, being commissioned to make the "Paris Tiara," a papal tiara given to Pope Leo XIII by the people of Paris in 1888 to commemorate fifty years in the priesthood.
At the 1867 Exposition Universelle, Froment-Meurice showed two garnitures that had been produced in collaboration with the sculptor Emile-François Carlier (1849-1927): the extraordinary ivory and blue enamel Garniture de Cheminée (exhibited Musée de la Vie Romantique 2003, Trésors d'argent, les Froment-Meurice, orfèvres romantiques parisiens, cat no 66) and the Surtout aux Fritillaires ordered by Emperor Napoleon III (now in the Musée Arts Decoratifs, inv. 14338 [A-à-C]). Another surtout de table, now in the Louvre, was commissioned for The Duke of Luynes’ between 1846 and 1851 which exhibits similar figural elements to the present group.
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