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.
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.