Lot 88
  • 88

A Louis XV ormolu-mounted tulipwood, kingwood and fruitwood marquetry commode circa 1760, stamped P. Roussel JME

25,000 - 35,000 USD
34,375 USD
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  • Pierre Roussel (c. 1723-1782), maître in 1745
  • marble, fruitwood, kingwood, tulipwood, pine


Sold Sotheby's New York, November 9, 1985, lot 324
Sold Sotheby's New York, October 27, 2001, lot 167

Catalogue Note

The present lot belongs to a small group of commodes à la Régence executed by Roussel between 1755 and 1765. The decoration of these commodes, as exemplified by the piece offered here, is very often characterized by interlacing strapwork, which in more elaborate versions frames lavish floral marquetry. Originating in seventeenth-century German Bandlwerkstil, this distinctive strapwork design shows Oeben's influence on Roussel's oeuvre and its use was one of the first steps towards a more ordered and restrained Neoclassical taste in decoration, particularly when floral marquetry was omitted. For a selection of commodes by Roussel with comparable marquetry, see François Quéré, Les Roussel: Une dynastie d'ébénistes au XVIIIe siècle, Dijon, 2012, pp. 154 and 156-159.