Description

A fine reproduced Louis XIV style ormolu mounted cut brass and tortoiseshell inlaid Boulle commode after the model by André-Charles Boulle (ca. 1710–1720), With a rectangular veined marble top inside a berried guilloche frieze and set to the front with a pair of ormolu-moulded premier partie-inlaid drawers, the sides similarly decorated with scrolling foliage, the angles headed with winged caryatids, on acanthus-sheathed cabriole legs tapering to hairy paw sabots and spiral-turned supports. The mounts not only protect vulnerable parts of the carcass but also add a great deal of sculptural beauty to the piece. The three-dimensional acanthus-leaf scroll mount on the upper drawer beautifully echoes the two-dimensional design in the brass and tortoiseshell marquetry. Particularly noteworthy are the female figures at the corners, with their feathery matted wings contrasting with their highly burnished faces.

Furniture, antique
  • commode
  • cabinet
  • louis xiv

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