until sold Christie’s London, 14 May 1970, lot 129 (as 18th century)
F. B. J. Watson, Catalogue, London, 1956, nos. F411-412;
A. Pradère, French Furniture Makers, London, 1989, fig. 32;
Thus, the fine corner mounts with ram’s heads and bifurcated feet on the present piece are after a well-known and rare design by Gilles-Marie Oppenordt (1672-1742), Alexandre's son, as found on the frontispiece of book ten of his Oeuvres, engraved by Huguier. Furthermore, they appear on a chimneypiece executed for the Palais of the Duc d’Orléans, and on a design for a lectern at the Abbaye-Sainte-Geneviève, Paris. However, other mounts such as the apron and side mounts are from the repertoire of André-Charles Boulle.
A number of early 18th century commodes with identical mounts attributed to Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt (1639-1715), in première and contre-partie partie, are known, including one from the collection of Sybil, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley, sold Christie’s London, 8-9 December 1994, lot 545. Furthermore, the same ram’s masks and handles are found on another ‘Boulle’ marquetry commode sold Sotheby’s Paris, 23 March 2006, lot 63 (415,200 EUR). Finally, for an identical tulipwood commode, see Koller, Zurich, 19 September 2013, lot 1079.
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