Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener

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Born in Herdon, Germany in 1849, Zwiener is recorded as having worked in Paris at 12 Rue de la Roquette from 1880 to 1895. His successful atelier executed elegant pieces of furniture replicating articles from the Garde-Meuble National of France. Working mainly ina vigouous inset with the finest marquetry, Vernis Martin panels and flowing gilt-bronze mounts. At the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889, Zwiener received a gold medal and was lauded by the jurists who noted "des ses richesse, la hardiesse et le fini de ses meubles incrustis de bronzes et fort habilement marquetis". On receiving a royal commission from Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia, Zwiener left Paris in 1895, returning to Berlin where he nwas known as Julisu Zwiener. Many of the pieces executed by Zwiener for the Prussian royal palaces were brought to Huis Doorn in Utreht in 1918, where the Kaiser lived in exile until his death in 1941.  Christie's Catalog April 24, 2001 Cat. 9684.       


 Louis XVI style  Kingwood Tulipwood  Satiné gilt bronze mounted  Vitrine. circa 1880.  Stamped Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener.

 First photo, Berlin Palace  Königskammern.  Duplicating/restoring base stretcher go to this link:   Duplication  

Duplicating/restoring base stretcher go to this link:   Duplication  




circa 1880 Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener Bombay Marquetry Vitrine in  Satiné and Kingwood richly mounted with ormolu.





         1893 Ormolu-mounted Kingwood Tulipwood Satine Marquetry piano ŕ queue  (Grand Piano) Stamped Francois Linke. 

          Numerous  stamps 'ZN' Joseph Emanuel Zwiener on reverse of mounts. Movement by Erard #71242