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VICTOR HUGO’S SIDEBOARD



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VICTOR HUGO'S SIDEBOARD

Its lower section opens by two doors.  A drawer opens on the façade, and its upper part opens by a large glass door.  Its supports are painted with polychrome decoration of Pompeian style.  It is as well decorated with porcelain.  It has a painted plaque of the 19thcentury, decorated with allegories and signed “Sauvage”, and 15 ancient Asian porcelain pieces: 4 dishes (2 of them lightly damaged) 2 bowls and 9 small dishes.

Second half of the 19th century.

Measures:

Height: 102 inches. Length: 55 inches.  Depth: 26.7 inches.

Provenance:

Victor Hugo’s office, 37 rue de Trévise, in Paris’s 9th arrondissement, that he occupied while he was president of the Assistance Committee for the Israelites of Russia.

Bibliography:

Corinne Charles, “Victor Hugo, visions d’intérieurs: du meuble au décor“, Paris Musées, 2003, p. 32.

Hauteville House Museum Guide, Paris Museum, 2010.

The archives of Nantes conserve a letter dated 21 June 1882, signed by Hugo and written on paper with the Committee’s letterhead.  The Victor Hugo Museum, located at the Parisian Place des Vosges, originally Hugo’s apartment, conserves the porcelain decoration that we find on this Sideboard.  A design made by Hugo, where a two-piece Sideboard can be appreciated, illustrate his taste for this kind of furniture. 

We would like to express our gratitude to Mme.Marie-Laurence Marco from the Victor Hugo Museum in Paris for her precisions and the documentation she provided us with.