Lot 25
  • 25

A LOUIS XIV VARNISHED BRONZE MOUNTED EBONISED, TORTOISESHELL, TINTED HORN, BRASS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL MARQUETRY COMMODE ATTRIBUTED TO NICOLAS SAGEOT |

Estimate
60,000 - 100,000 EUR
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Description

  • Haut. 85 cm, larg. 134 cm, prof. 73 cm ; height 33 1/2 in., width 52 3/4 in., depth 28 3/4 in.
the top centred with Bacchus' chariot, the curved front opening with three drawers

Provenance

Galerie Maurice Segoura, Paris

Catalogue Note

This commode, remarkable for the quality and abundance of marquetry decoration, has many similarities with other commodes from Nicolas Sageot's production (1666-1701). Sageot is cited active during the 1690s and is listed on Grande Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1698. He worked as a free laborer before being admitted to the cabinetmakers guild. His output consists mainly of cabinets, commodes and desks decorated with tortoise shell and brass marquetry in the style of André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732), shortly becoming one of the main competitors.

Sageot also worked as a decorative arts dealer, and archives reveal that he occasionally subcontracted his marquetry panels to renowned inlay artisans including Toussaint Devoye (active from 1706 to 1748). This dealer endeavor blurs the representation of his craftsmanship. The NS stamp can be affixed onto his created furniture or on wares that he sold (see P. Hugues, op.cit., P.639 and 649).

The marquetry decoration is clearly inspired by Jean Bérain's works (1640-1711), one of the most influential ornamentalists from Louis XIV's court. After 1670, he was employed by the French crown as an engraver and was appointed Architect Draftsman to the King's Chamber and Cabinet in 1674. His mission involved drawing plans for royal parties and celebrations. In 1690, he was chosen as head decorator of the Louvre apartments in collaboration with André-Charles Boulle. His drawings of furniture, woodwork and fireplaces were the core of collections.

Among comparable commodes, we cite one with a similar counterpart decoration, auction Treasures, London, 8 July 2015, lot 14.

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