Extraordinary Large Louis XVI Commode
Mahogany, applied with very rich and fine gilt bronze application in form of garlands, blossoms, foliage, acanthus, lion head as well as three large gilt bronze plaques, one in the centre of the commode, one at each side with mythological scenes in high relief.
Two large doors, above three drawers. White grey-marble top.
This furniture was made after a model by the world famous cabinet makers Joseph Stockel and Guillaume Benneman for the castle of Fontainbleau.
Paris End of 19th century
Height: ca. 94 cm
Width: ca. 172 cm
Depth: ca. 73 cm
Two similar pieces shown in „19th Century European Furniture – Christopher Payne“, Page 98.
French Furniture Makers, The Art of the Ebéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution,
Alexandre Pradère, Page 408,409.
Les ebenistes du XVIII. Siècle français, Page 310
Joseph Stockel and Guillaume Benneman got the order to design the dinning salon in the castle Fontainbleau by the French King Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette. In 1786 they have delivered a pair of commodes.