This French plateau by L'Escalier de Cristal showcases exquisite ormolu bronze work. Intricately adorned with openwork decoration including grape vines and laurel frieze, the oval plateau features a mirrored surface for displaying treasured objects and fuits, upon claw feet. Handwritten inscription underneath: "[...] Boin à l'Escalier de Cristal n°183 [...]" (partially erased).
Dim: W: 14,2 in - D: 9,1in - H: 2,6in.
Dim: L:36cm, P:23cm, H:6,5cm.
In overall good condition, with light wear consistent with age and use. Some stains on the mirror.
L’Escalier de Cristal (1804-1923), Parisian firm created in 1804 by Marie Desarnaud, famous under the French Restauration for its luxury objects combining crystal and bronze. She was awarded a gold medal at the 1819 Paris Exposition des Produits de l’Industrie for an outstanding gilt-bronze mounted crystal dressing table. Located in Paris, at the Palais-Royal, Galerie de Valois, L’Escalier de Cristal was bought out by Lahoche and Boin in 1847. The company owed its rise to a position amongst the most important Paris decorative wares shops to Lahoche, who expanded considerably the business and entered later in partnership with his son-in-law to set up in 1852 Lahoche et Pannier. In 1872 Emile Pannier led alone the firm, and then his sons from 1885 to 1923, whom gave the name of Pannier Frères to the company, located at the corner of Scribe and Auber streets, next to the new built Paris Opera house.
L’Escalier de Cristal suggesting also since the 1880’s furniture and art bronze pieces, was several times awarded medals at the various International Exhibitions held in Paris, London and New York, and for instance a gold medal at the 1900 Paris Universal Exhibition. Various artists, such Emile Gallé, Louis Majorelle and Gabriel Viardot worked for the L’Escalier de Cristal’s woldwide renown, and introduced then some of their greatest Japanese style creations.