A French Napoleon III ormolu-mounted rosewood and coromandel side cabinet by Léon Dromard, Paris. A red Languedoc marble top above a case set with two panelled doors decorated with a Chinese palace scenes, opening to reveal a single adjustable shelf, raised on spirally-fluted “torsade” bronze feet, the carcass stamped under the front feet ‘L. DROMARD/PARIS’
Provenance: Private collection Marseille, Maple & co Garde-Meuble paper label to the underside of the marble inscribed in ink “m. l’Amiral Battet 15-2-45” probably Admiral Robert Battet (1893-1950) Chefs d’état-major de la marine (The Chief of the Staff of the French Navy)
Léon Dromard, Cabinetmaker in Paris, first known as a restorer of antique furniture and furniture hardware. From 1874 at 18 rue Saint Lazare in Paris. When he ceased trading a sale took place of furniture of art, seats and bronzes at Drouot on 11 and 12 April 1889.