Louis XIV Style Kingwood and Fruitwood Marquetry Gilt Metal Mounted 3 Drawer Commode
Louis XIV style kingwood and fruitwood marquetry gilt metal mounted 3 drawer commode
c. Late 19th Century, France
The front, sides and legs of the commode are entirely veneered with a complicated parquetry pattern, in kingwood. The top 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.
Four very distinctive stepped out sides with gilt lion’s paw at their bases with a single rosette at their tops.
The drawer handles are twisted, with an acorn drop. Each is attached to the commode via two rosettes.
Materials: Softwood carcase 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
Object History Note: The 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.
H 85cm x W 136cm x D 68cm
Condition: Excellent.Wear consistent with age and use. Minor conservation work to refit and repair base drawer rail and bottom drawer side.
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