American, circa 1850. Rococo Revival oak carved mirrored back sideboard, attributed to Alexander Roux (1813 to 1886), New York, the superstructure centered with cabochon over a shaped shelf supported by twin scrolled corbels above a mirrored back, the black marble top breakfront form over a conforming case with two central cutlery drawers and a pair of cupboard doors, all carved in high relief with foliate carved handles issuing trailing fruit and nut clusters, the rounded sides fitted with conforming single drawer over a cupboard door, similarly carved in high relief with fruit, nut and foliage on a shaped, plinth base. Height 68.5", width 72", depth 23.5". Note: The French cabinetmaker Alexander Roux opened his Manhattan cabinet firm in 1836. Specializing in Victorian furnishings in the Renaissance, Gothic and Rococo Revival styles. Alexander Roux was an ever tasteful proponent of the latest fashion, working in the 1840s in the Gothic Revival style, in the 1850s in the Elizabethan, Renaissance, and Rococo styles, and in the 1860s, in the Néo-Grec style. Néo-Grec was an inventive combination of motifs from antiquity, the Renaissance, and the late eighteenth-century Louis XVI style, which was introduced in France and popularized by Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, during the Second Empire (1852–70). Roux worked in New York City until his retirement in 1881. Alexander Roux’s son, Alexander J. and his brother Frederick joined the business and continued operating the firm through 1898 at various locations.
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