This elegant commode typifies the refined taste for exotic materials incorporated into fanciful pieces of furniture, as promoted by leading marchand-merciers
of the day, such as Thomas-Joachim Hébert. Indeed, they established a new aesthetic for lacquer-mounted furniture: re-used Chinese lacquer elements would now conform to European forms as luxurious surface decoration, rather than attempt to evoke an actual imported Asian cabinet. Therefore, this present commode can be admired for its elegant ormolu mounts, framing the landscape scene in Chinese lacquer according to the Louis XV taste.
Identical corner and apron mounts are identified on commodes sold HVMC, 29 April 2018, lot 55, stamped by Charles-Joseph Dufour (maître
1759), one stamped by Delorme and Felix in this sale, another one sold Etude Tajan, Paris, 9-10 December 1996, lot D, stamped Mewesen.
Robert de Rothschild inherited this commode from his father as well as a collection of artworks, which he placed in his hôtel de Marigny, Paris, in his Deauville residence and in the Laversine Château overlooking the Oise. After Robert, the commode passed on to Madame B. whose exact identity remains uncertain. However, it is highly likely that she was Robert's daughter, Diane Cécile Alice Juliette de Rothschild (1907-1996), who married in 1952 the pianist, Giuseppe Joseph Benvenuti.