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PROPERTY OF A LADY

A gilt-bronze mounted Chinese black, gold and polychrome lacquer and vernis martin commode Louis XV, circa 1765
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A gilt-bronze mounted Chinese black, gold and polychrome lacquer and vernis martin commode Louis XV, circa 1765
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A gilt-bronze mounted Chinese black, gold and polychrome lacquer and vernis martin commode Louis XV, circa 1765
with a later moulded brèche d'Alep marble top above two long drawers
87cm. high, 130cm. wide, 65cm. deep; 2ft. 10¼in., 4ft. 3½in., 2ft. 1½in.
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Provenance

Christie’s London, 9 June 1994, lot 93 (£100,500);
Acquired by the present owner from Partridge Fine Art, London.

Literature

Partridge Fine Art, Recent Acquisitions, 1996, nr. 34, page 87 (catalogued as in the manner of Macret).

Catalogue Note

This elegant commode typifies the refined taste for exotic materials incorporated into fanciful pieces of furniture, as promoted by leading marchand-merciers of the day, such as Thomas-Joachim Hébert. Hébert spearheaded the taste for Oriental lacquer mounted furniture, having supplied a famous lacquer commode by Bernard Van Risenburgh to Queen Marie Leszczynska for the château de Fointainebleau in 1737.

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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