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COMMODE (CHEST OF DRAWERS)

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COMMODE (CHEST OF DRAWERS)

Made by: Pierre Macret

On view in: Entry Hall


About this object

Covered with a gray and white marble top, this rectangular commode has a tripartite front with a central projecting section. Three small drawers across the top are faced with vine scrolls in gilt bronze. The rest of the front section consists of two large drawers faced with three marquetry panels that have notched corners set off by marquetry frames formed of twisted foliate motifs. A landscape of classical ruins enlivens the central panel. Gallant scenes set in a garden appear on the flanking panels. These same types of scenes are repeated on each side. The faces, arms, and hands of the figures as well as some of the architectural elements are delineated in ivory. Each of the four corners is mounted with swags. Below is a marquetry decoration of a large urn. The ormolu feet are in the shape of Lion's paws surmounted by acanthus leaves.

Category:
furniture
Object name:
COMMODE (CHEST OF DRAWERS)
Made from:
Wood marquetry -- gilt bronze -- marble
Made in:
FRANCE: Paris
Date made:
ca. 1770
Size:
88.9 x 148 cm (35 x 58 1/4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
31.9
Class:
FURNITURE
Signature marks:
STAMP Stamped 'Macret' on top right and top left drawers, and top back corners
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"