Sold Sotheby's New York, November 9, 1985, lot 324 Sold Sotheby's New York, October 27, 2001, lot 167
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.
Marble top later with restored break to one corner. Scattered age and construction cracks throughout; scattered restorations and patches to veneer; chips to veneer with the largest being a 2 inch loss to the back left side; old restored losses mostly to the center of upper drawer. Original coloring is partially retained in areas. Handles and escutcheons associated and regilt; chutes possibly associated. Ormolu mounts with surface dirt, some rubbing, and slight oxidation. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.