Sold Christie's Monaco, June 20, 1994, lot 358 (FF 1,635,000) Partridge, London Sold Sotheby's London, July 7, 2009, lot 29 (£193,250)
Visions of the East at Partridge, November 5th to December 19th, 1999, p. 26.
Pierre Roussel was the son of an ébéniste and settled in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, in the rue de Charenton. Between 1775 and 1780, he worked for the Prince de Condé and supplied him with 10,000 livres' worth of furniture.The inventory after Roussel's death reveals that a large amount of furniture was in tulipwood, marquetry, bois satiné or amaranth and many pieces were in lacquer. He also employed the services of the bronziers Turchin, Ravrio and the gilder Trufot. A Chinese lacquer commode stamped by the same maker, once in the Jaime Ortiz-Patiño collection with virtually identical knee mounts was sold Sotheby's New York, May 22, 2001, lot 319. For a coromandel lacquer commode with identical corner mounts by Roussel, see Thibaut Wolversperges, Le Meuble Français en Laque au XVIII siècle, Paris, 2000, p. 304, fig. 168.
Marble top later, probably 19th century, and now with restored breaks and small chips. Scattered age and construction cracks to commode with some abrasions, small chips, and scratches throughout; most prominently one vertical crack down the left side and some very thin construction cracks generally especially above the legs on the left side. Lacquer with scattered age cracks throughout; minor losses and slight buckling in areas but not extensive; scattered inpainting in areas throughout; small chips to gesso. Mounts regilt probably in the early 20th century; sabots possibly later. Some with later gilder's marks scratched in to the backs. Mounts now with 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.