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Antique, Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany And Ebonized

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This Louis XVI style commode, crafted of mahogany with gilt bronze mounts and an ebonized frieze, will be the highlight of a dining room, living room, or foyer. Fitted with a veined white Carrara marble top above three frieze drawers and three cupboard doors, this sideboard offers ample storage and surface area for serving. It was designed after the celebrated model by Adam Weisweiler, and made in Paris, circa 1890s. LITERATURE Seymour de Ricci, Louis XVI Furniture, Stuttgart, 1913, p. 165 Pierre Verlet, Collection des Connaissance des Arts, les Ébénistes du XVIIIe Siècle Français, Paris,1963, fig. 1, p. 288 Patrick Lemmonier, Weisweiler, Paris, 1983. Alexandre Pradère, French Furniture Makers, Tours, 1989, p. 396 Pierre Verlet, Le Mobilier Royal Français, vol. I, Paris, 1990, pl. XXIII, no.18 CATALOGUE NOTE Weisweiler had a wide repertoire of commodes which were all based on a similar form: those fitted with drawers and those with hinged panels (vantaux). Although Weisweiler did not appear to be the inventor of these commodes à vantaux, with three panels, of which only two opened, the central panel moving across the right hand panel by means of a flying hinge, they formed a major part of his production. According to Lemmonier, op. cit., of the fifty commodes listed, forty-three have panels and only seven are fitted with drawers. In an inventory drawn up at Versailles in 1787, one finds such a commode in the bedroom of Madame de Pompadour, `une commode en bois d'acajou demi-régence, ouvrante à trois vantaux dont deux à brisure, orné de pieds à gaine cannelés à godrons, les pieds à gaine isolés et cannelés, idem chapiteaux à moulures unies. Le tout bronze or moulu avec dessus de marbre griotte d'Italie veiné'. Weisweiler was particularly fond of this form of commode and utilised all the materials he had at his disposition: they were in mahogany as well as thuya wood and a number were also decorated in pietre dure and lacquer. For a related commode in pietre dure stamped Weisweiler, now in the British Royal Collection, see Pradère, p. 402, fig. 498. This commode was also sometimes called a `commode à brisure'. Without changing the initial construction of the commode, Weisweiler made certain changes in style from 1789-90 and during the Empire period, although he kept its basic form. The present commode is a faithful copy of the original supplied in 1788 by Daguerre for the Cabinet intérieur of Louis XVI at the Château de Saint-Cloud for 3,000 L.
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