I’ll just let this one speak for itself: “This extraordinary mahogany and mercury-gilded bronze bedroom suite was once owned by the last Egyptian monarch, King Farouk. Luxuriously decorated in the Empire style, this important set was crafted by one of the premier Parisian ébénistes of the 19th century, Antoine Krieger (fl. 1826-1856). The seven piece suite comprises a queen-size bed, secrétaire à abattant (drop-front secretary) with a satinwood interior, cheval mirror with side tables, two-door cabinet, vanity and two nightstands…..
Antoine Krieger took his inspiration for this set from the furnishings of Malmaison, one of Napoleon and Josephine’s Parisian palaces. A similar bedroom suite was acquired by circus magnate John Ringling to adorn his bedroom at Ca d’Zan, now part of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.”
Gorgeous piece-of-work, at Arader Galleries - George III Giltwood Sofa in the manner of John Cobb
Another Treasure from Carlton Hobbs: Rare red and white lacquered cabinet, on the original silver gilt stand. English, circa 1690. More
Christie’s fall European Dec. Arts catalog is up, and there are treasures galore: