A Late Louis XIV Style Kingwood and Fruitwood Marquetry and Gilt Bronze Commode


c. 1870’s, France

A Late Louis XIV Style Kingwood and Fruitwood Marquetry and Gilt Bronze Commode, presenting exceptional quality, design and craftsmanship.

The front, sides and legs of the commode are entirely veneered with a complicated parquetry pattern in Kingwood. The top of the commode having a circle of 12 sectors and the sides a circle of 8 sectors each.

The commode has three long drawers enclosed in two medium rectangular and one small centre square gilt brass frames with matching decorative escutcheons of a scalloped shell rising up and flanked by the smiling heads of women between them. Further decorative gilt drawer handles are twisted, with an acorn drop. Each is attached to the commode via two rosettes.

Four very distinctive stepped out sides with gilt bronze lion’s paw at their bases with a single rosette at their tops.

This commode is a show stopper, an absolute statement piece commanding attention in any space that it is situated.

Materials: Softwood carcass and drawers, kingwood veneers, gilt-brass mounts, The commode has a softwood carcase, and is built as a dovetail box. the case back is softwood planks


H 85cm x W 136cm x D 68cm


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

Historical Notes

Object History Note: This commode was clearly made in an important Parisian workshop, as evidenced by the fineness of its construction, marquetry and mounts.

Historical Context Note: This commode is a very fine example with a traditional marquetry top. The geometrical decoration on the commode would also have been high fashion in the early 18th century representing a trend away from floral marquetry