An 18th Century Late Régence / Early Louis XV Period Commode


An 18th Century Late Régence / Early Louis XV Period Commode

c.1730, Nîmes Provence, France

Of substance and presence this exceptional chest of drawers has very generous dimensions and is made of solid wood from Walnut. Its original plank walnut top sits above three full-length deep and lovely carved drawers each with a centre panel adorned with a gadrooned and curled leaf bronze escutcheon.

Upholding the characteristic spirit of the Régence period, each row of drawers has two ornate bronze handles affixed by two decorative large mask motifs representing grotesque faces.

The moldings introduce the Louis XV development of style, which emphasises the shape of the drawers, sides and apron which presents a central decorative Gadrooned leaf carving.

The legs terminate in scrolled feet raised on dice.

Locks are in functioning order.

With conservative use of bronze ornaments, undoubtably this commode is of exceptional workmanship, practical in its functionality and presents with a rich walnut patina.

It is a perfect statement piece that can accommodate any modern aesthetic in today’s home. Ideal placement for an entry, study or bedroom.


H 100cm x W 139cm x D 67cm


Sold As Is. In Good Condition. Wear Consistent with age and use.

Historical Notes

It is said that Régence is best understood not as a style, but as a state of mind. The term Régence remains synonymous in French culture with intellectual vivacity, lightness of spirit and delicacy of expression, where the style lends itself to charm and grace without the ostentation and austerity of the Louis XIV Period.


2004, Mark Koronowicz Antiques, Melbourne, VIC (no longer trading)

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