The fragility of these porcelain chimney pieces renders our copy a rare testament of this historicism taste in private decoration under France’s Monarchie de Juillet, like the woodwork from Baron William Hope’s room displayed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and some interiors from James de Rothschild’s hôtel particulier rue Laffitte, today disappeared.
Keep in mind that these elements of décor were much appreciated by the famous decorator Madeleine Castaing (1894-1992) who notably mounted a fireplace attributed to the same manufacturer in her bedroom at Lèves, near Chartres. In vogue since the Thirties, the "Castaing style" that she established, mixed Neoclassicism and Second French Empire. It juxtaposed objects and furniture of various provenances and eras, while favoring those from 19th century Europe and Russia.
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