Lot 5
  • 5

A carved giltwood and painted commode, Rome, circa 1770

30,000 - 50,000 EUR
50,000 EUR
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  • wood
  • Haut. 91,5 cm, larg. 133 cm, prof. 64 cm ; Height 36 in; width 52 1/3  in; depth 25 1/4  in
of sarcophagus shape, with faux-marble top, above three drawers 


W. Apolloni Gallery, Rome

Catalogue Note

This extremely unusual and elegant commode exemplifies the enduring influence of the Antique taste in the European, and in this case, Roman decorative arts. Inspired by the sarcophagi of ancient Rome, this shape was already employed during the late Renaissance, especially on ornate cassoni. The shape was later adopted by French ornemanistes such as Jean Bérain the Elder (1640-1711) (fig. 1) and interpreted by ébénistes such as André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732).

The present commode is unique in combining this design, complete with lion's masks, an emblem of strength and accompanied by lion paw feet with distinctively Neoclassical motifs, such as the guilloche border on the lower drawer and the military trophy embellishing the front.