C1780 Mahogany Louis XVI Period 3 Drawer Commode


This fine and elegant mahogany commode was made about 1780. The top is a single drawer, but is disguised as three. It has internal divisions to correspond with the apparent three drawers. The original white Carrara marble top is perfectly congruent with the commode, with its projecting corner pillars. Unlike British chests of drawers, the sides are meat to be seen and are decorated with equal attention as the facade. The large panels of rich mahogany are bordered with shiny bois laiton strips: brass mouldings. Commodes are usually lower than English chests of drawers as normally a chair would sit each side of the commode, and one did not want sight to be impeded. The long, low effect of a good Louis XVI commode is not unlike that of a 1930s Duesenberg.

The drawers are stamped BS on the front edge, which is typically the mark of the chateau to which they were delivered.

87 cm tall, 124 cm wide and 58 cm deep.

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