Orion-Semenzato, Monaco, 21 November 1993, lots 194-195
B. Langer, Die Möbel der Schlösser Nymphenburg und Schleißheim, Munich, 2000, pp. 162-63
H. Ottomeyer, Die Möbel der Residenz München, Munich, 2000, pp. 204-8
A. Shick, Möbel für den Märchenkonig, Ludwig II. und die Münchner Hofschreinerei Anton Pössenbacher, Stuttgart, 2003
Together with the following lot, this impressive commode is in the South German taste traditionally associated with the name of François de Cuvilliés (1695-1768), active for the Wittelsbach court at Munich from the late 1720s, and instrumental in shaping the Rococo style not only in Bavaria but in all Germany.
Cuvilliés provided designs for palaces - most notably the Amalienburg pavillion in the Nymphenburg Palace Park - and their interior decoration, including stuccoes and furniture. Most of these pieces are characterized by a richly carved and gilt or parcel-gilt decoration that was conceived as a substitute for the lavish gilt-bronze mounts of their French counterparts.
These two lots nonetheless are high quality examples of this style revival, which had its peak with Ludwig II’s multiple building projects, namely at Schloss Linderhof and Schloss Herrenchiemsee where a number of interiors replicated this idiosyncratic Bavarian rococo style.
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