A recent antique appraisal customer supplied the above images of a 19th century pedestal that they had in their possession and were wondering if it were worth restoration of the piece considering the shape it was currently in (click the image for large view).
The coloration seen on the metalwork gave rise to a discussion on whether it was possibly made by Kilian Brothers, but from my observations, their use of color was typical on the wood itself, in the incising, and not on the attached ornamentation. My take was that this pedestal was probably circa 1870s and I wasn’t going as far as giving a geographic origin since I had an underlying feeling that it could have been from Europe but didn’t yet want to rule out U.S.
Cut to a few weeks later, I ran into a reference image that I believe is Michael’s very pedestal as originally shown in France in 1860. Every aspect of his pedestal pieces matches up with the center one in Victor Quetin’s Paris catalog image located within a past Magazine Antiques issue (click image to enlarge). Michael has nearly all the pieces save for a couple seated figures at the top surface.
I have not done the research yet to determine the importance of Victor Quetin’s work, but this was an enjoyable discovery that is worth sharing.