C1790 Louis XVI/Directoire Commode In Mahogany and a Satinwood


Made C1790, the all too interesting tail of the 18th century in France, this three drawer commode is mahogany with the drawers banded in a satin wood, possibly satin walnut. The turned legs are enriched with ebonising. The white marble top is period, but not original to this commode. It is 118 cm wide, 58 cm deep and 87 cm tall. It is a handsome and useful formal chest of drawers from a salon or similar reception room: not originally a bedroom chest. Free of any royal or revolutionary symbols, it relies on the beauty of the fine cabinet timbers and calculated proportions for appeal and elegance. The shiny brass mounts are the only sign of opulence. The ring pull handles with a lion rampant on a round pedestal are probably original, but the neo-Gothick keyhole escutcheons are probably 1830s replacements.

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