Marked '.830' and with a French import mark; decorated with a hunting scene.
3/4 x 4 x 2 7/8 in., 3.8 oz. approx. gross weight. Note: This design originally debuted during the 1900 Paris Exposition and caught the eye of Chicago furniture maker Solomon Karpen. Karpen created a line of Art Nouveau parlor suites in 1901 which evoked the Exposition dance performances of American Loie Fuller inspired by lilies and butterflies. The suite went on to win the Grand prize for upholstered furniture in the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exhibition and could be customized to feature the solid Cuban mahogany frames or covered in gold leaf. The price for such an elaborate furniture set was out of reach for the average American, particularly the gold leaf version which cost more than a year’s salary of a factory employee. Literature: Darling, Sharon. Chicago Furniture Art, Craft & Industry 1833-1983, New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1984, pg. 195-196, ill.Property from the Collection of Ezra & Cecile Zilkha