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Louis XV Commode


Louis XV Style Commode

after a model by Antoine Robert Gaudreaus

 

Kingwood and tulipwood, ormolu bronze mounted, with a serpentine “Belgian Rouge Royale“ marble top with a molded edge, above a conforming case fitted with a pair of ogee doors, opening to four drawers.

 

The front and the sides of the commode with a fine kingwood and tulipwood parquetry, each door with an oval reserve both depicting Ariadne riding a panther and a bacchante riding a goat, suspended from a ribbon knot, further decorated with floral garlands and medallions inscribed “Augustus, Constantine” etc. which symbolize wealth and power, and centering a relief plaque depicting a female mask, raised on four curved legs with ram heads and ending in scrolling feet.

 

Dimensions: Height ca. 96 cm, Width ca. 195 cm, Depth ca. 71 cm

 

 

Paris last quarter of 19th century.

 

This commode is made after an exceptional commode-mediallier, a medals cabinet in the form of a commode, created to hold Louis XV’s collection of medals that commemorated great events of his reign. The commode-medaillier was designed by the Slodtz brothers and executed by Antoine-Robert Gaudreaus. The commode-medaillier is now in the collection of the Musée de Versailles, France.

 

 

Literature:

 

French Furniture Makers – The Art of the Ebeniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution, Alexandre Pradère, page 144 with illustration.

 

Le mobilier du XVIIIe siècle à l’Art Déco, page 136 with illustration.

 

Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle français, page 59 with illustration.

   


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