front, sides and legs of the commode are entirely veneered with a complicated
parquetry pattern, in kingwood. The top having a circle of 12 sectors and the
sides a circle of 8 sectors each.
commode has three long drawers enclosed in two medium rectangular and one small
centre square gilt brass frames with matching decorative escutcheons of a
scalloped shell rising up and flanked by the smiling heads of women between them.
very distinctive stepped out sides with gilt lion’s paw at their bases with a
single rosette at their tops.
drawer handles are twisted, with an acorn drop. Each is attached to the commode
via two rosettes.
Materials: Softwood carcase and drawers,
kingwood veneers, gilt-brass mounts,
commode has a softwood carcase, and is built as a dovetail box. the case back
is softwood planks
Object History Note: The commode was
clearly made in an important Parisian workshop, as evidenced by the fineness of
its construction, marquetry and mounts.
This commode is a very fine example with a traditional marquetry top. The
geometrical decoration on the commode would also have been high fashion in the
early 18th century representing a trend away from floral marquetry.
85cm x W 136cm x D 68cm
The Find Antiques
1/15 Lionel Donovan Drive
Noosaville QLD 4566
By appointment only
T: 0459 221 378
M: 0459 221 378