Lot 535
  • 535

A gilt-bronze-mounted kingwood tulipwood and parquetry commode à vantaux after the celebrated model by Antoine-Robert Gaudreaus for Louis XV's medal cabinet at Versailles Napoleon III, circa 1870

18,000 - 25,000 GBP
30,000 GBP
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  • oak, tulipwood, kingwood, marble
  • 92cm. high, 172.5cm. wide, 66cm. deep; 3ft. ¼in., 5ft. 7¾in., 2ft. 2in.
of serpentine form with a moulded brèche d'Alep marble top above two doors one with a ribbon-tied floral draped medallion depicting a neo-classical female figure in drapery seated on a lioness, the other with a cherub on a ram, with concave sides, one side with Hercules flanking a flaming tazze, the other with Diana, amongst scrolling acanthus and medals, on gilt-bronze cabriole legs with rams' mask headers, the whole on a trelliswork ground

Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
Daniel Meyer, Versailles Furniture of the Royal Palace 17th and 18th centuries, Vol. I, Dijon, 2002, pp 96-101, no. 26 (Inv. V 5054).

This imposing commode is based upon Louis XV's celebrated medal cabinet at Versailles, circa 1738, commissioned from the Slodtz brothers and Antoine Gaudreaus, `un beau et riche médaillier en forme de commode...'. It was delivered on 10th January 1739 and installed as a pendant to the chimneypiece of the renovated room the ` Cabinet aux tableaux avant la Petite Gallerie'. The medal cabinet was intended to house the King's `metallic history' in fourteen drawers. In 1780, Louis XVI had his grandfather's medal cabinet sent to the Bibliothèque du Roi in Paris, but it was returned to Versailles in 1960. Models of this commode are known to have been made by leading 19th century ébénistes including Henri Dasson. This commode is inspired by the Gaudreaus model but is not fitted internally with drawers for medals.