Lot 89
  • 89

A LOUIS XVI GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED MAHOGANY COMMODE AFTER A MODEL BY JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, CIRCA 1785 |

Estimate
50,000 - 80,000 EUR
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Description

the white marble top above the slightly breakfront facade opening with five drawers on three ranks; richly adorned with gilt-bronze framings, eagle head escutcheons, arabesques, and wine leaves and grapes; bearing a probably spurious stamp of Jean-Henri Riesener

Provenance

- Possibly acquired by Joseph-Philippe David, circa 1785, for his castle of Budé in Yerres (Essonne)
- Probably old collection of Henri-François Proton at the castle of Budé, then by descent old collection of the Hamelin family at the castle of Budé
- French private collection between 2004 and 2015
- Sale on June 7, 2015 in Montbazon, castle of Artigny, Rouillac study, lot 118
- French private collection

Catalogue Note

This commode model was developed by Riesener around 1785. Several mahogany copies are now listed, with similar characteristics: a slight central projection outlined by a gilt bronze frame with recesses, surmounting an apron terminating with a pine cone, rounded corners atop fluted tapered legs. The most elaborate productions of this model were invoiced 600 French pounds by Riesener (see A. Pradère, Les Ebénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Paris, 1989, pp. 378-379). The commode auctioned at Sotheby's Monaco on 21 February 1988, lot 827, is a good example. The Carnavalet Museum also has a commode from this series, which Riesener had outsourced to Weisweiler and bears both stamps (inv., MB 462). 

In this series, our copy is distinguished by the originality and finesse of its bronze ornaments gilted with mercury. The cascades with grapevine motives are found on a smaller Riesener commode, auctioned in Paris, Cornette de Saint-Cyr, 17 June 2009, lot 175. Even rarer, the keyholes with arabesques appear on some royal commissions passed to the cabinetmaker, such as the commodes in the Queen's Nobles' Rooms at the Palace of Versailles (OA 5229) or the Queen's cylinder secretary at the Tuileries (Louvre, OA 5229).

 

The Château of Budé

 

The Château of Budé in Yerres was bought in 1746 by Jacques-Philippe David, fountain engineer and native of Brunoy. His son, Joseph-Philippe David, began in the 1780s the construction of a new wing perpendicular to the castle entrance. Without a doubt, he acquired this commode within these conditions of the castle's overall restoration. He sold his property in 1817 to Henri-François Proton (who also succeeded him as mayor of Yerres). The daughter and heiress of the latter, Rosalie, married Alexandre-Louis-François Hamelin and the Château of Budé remained within the Hamelin family until 2000.

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