Style Louis XV / Ref.12935
BOUHON Frères (attr. to), Gilt bronze firescreen adorned with espagnolettes, late 19th century
Width: 29'' ⅞ 76cm
Height: 28'' ¾ 73cm
Depth: 6'' ¼ 16cm
This very beautiful gilt bronze firescreen is a reproduction of a model presented during the International Exhibition of 1900 by the specialist of mantel accessories, the Maison Bouhon Frères.
Taking the curved lines of the Louis XV style, our firescreen is decorated wirth beautiful acanthus leave and Rococo motifs. It also receives on the corner, espagnolettes, mixing the style, characteristic of the eclectict taste of the late 19th century.
Previsouly named maison Clavier, then Bouhon et Cie until 1898, the maison Bouhon Frères is specialized in mantels and their accessories in bronze and wrough iron.
The brothers Thomas and Joseph Bouhon have a famous shop in the Marais district in Paris, and they are called many times to be part of the jury in the exhibitions. According to Victor Champier, "The firedogs, andirons etc. have always give the bronze industry motifs that give it its best success (...) At this time, it's the maison Bouhon which keeps with most constancy and success our old French reputation in this specialty".
The maison Bouhon is congratulated during the International Exhibition of 1900 by the international jury for its screens and firedogs "entirely new". It receives the gold medal, as it already received in 1897 in the Bruxelles International Exhibition.
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