Stylistically, the acanthus apron mount also features on a commode by Claude-Charles Saunier (illustrated in Pierre Klellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siécle, 1989, p.772) and the unusual Greek-key frieze corner mounts relate to the ones seen on a secrétaire abattant by Leonard Boudin (illustrated in Svend Eriksen, Early Neo-Classicism in France, 1974, fig.109). The corner mounts, of a Transitional character, allow us to date the present commode from about 1765.
A related commode veneered in coromandel lacquer, with Transitional corner mounts, and identical profile was sold at Sotheby’s Monaco, 16th June 1990, lot 853. This was stamped by Jean-Baptiste Fromangeau (maître 1755) who produced commodes using Louis XV corner mounts with classical elements. Pierre Macret (maître 1756) was another ébèniste who produced work both in Louis XV and Transitional styles, with a taste for lacquer and bold mounts, as seen in the present lot.
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