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COMMODE (CHEST OF DRAWERS) WITH FLORAL MARQUETRY

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COMMODE (CHEST OF DRAWERS) WITH FLORAL MARQUETRY

Made by: Jean-Henri Riesener

On view in: Entry Hall


About this object

The top is covered with a slab of white mottled marble. Three shallow drawers across the top of this commode are faced with a guilloche-and-rosette design in gilt bronze. The rest of the front is split to accommodate two large drawers and divided vertically into three panels with pictorial marquetry. A large basket of flowers decorates the central panel that protrudes ever so slightly from the surface. Urn-shaped vases, created to look like jasper, contain flowers on the side panels. A trellis pattern enclosing acanthus quatrefoils covers the end panels. The canted forecorners are mounted with a classical bust of a bearded figure. A bearded mask is situated at the center of the apron and the commode's four feet are mounted with lions' paws in ormolu.

Category:
furniture
Object name:
COMMODE (CHEST OF DRAWERS) WITH FLORAL MARQUETRY
Made from:
Oak --Wood marquetry -- gilt bronze -- marble
Made in:
Paris, France
Date made:
ca. 1775-1780
Size:
35 1/2 × 56 1/4 × 22 1/2 in. (90.2 × 142.9 × 57.2 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
31.10
Signature marks:
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"French Furniture from the Collection of Hillwood Museum & Gardens","A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"