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19th century French gilt-bronze mounted commode after the model by Jean-Henri Riesener

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A Superb 19th century French Louis XVI style mahogany, kingwood and fruitwood marquetry armorial commode with Sycamore Marquetry and magnificent quality gilt bronze mounts. (Please view the detail photos)

The two-drawer and two-side door "D" shaped commode fitted with a brèche grise de Serraveza marble top resting on the base with four armorial bronze figures emblematic of courage, force, Prudence and Tempérence. The centre marquetry panel with a floral still life and vase design flanked on each side by cherubs emblematic of Bienfaisance and Justice, below a sunburst mask ormolu mount; the lower apron cantered with a silvered sphere with fleur-de-lis applications surmounted by two floral cornucopias. The rounded sides each fitted with a cupboard door.

Circa 1880


Height: 38.5"  (97.8 cm)
Width: 81"  (205.7 cm)
Depth: 29"  (73.6 cm)

This commode is after of the celebrated model delivered in 1775 by Jean-Henri Riesener to King Louis XV for his private apartments at the Château de Versailles. It is now in the Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly.

Jean-Henri Riesener, (born July 4, 1734, Gladbeck, Münster [Germany]—died Jan. 6, 1806, Paris, France), the best-known cabinetmaker in France during the reign of Louis XVI.

Riesener was the son of an usher in the law courts of the elector of Cologne. After moving to Paris he joined the workshop of Jean-François Oeben in 1754, and, when Oeben died in 1763, Riesener was put in charge of the workshop and later married his master’s widow. He made his name by completing and delivering to Louis XV the famous bureau du roi (“king’s desk”), begun by Oeben. In 1774 he was made royal cabinetmaker and from then onward was the regular supplier of furniture to the queen, Marie-Antoinette. Although he was one of the most versatile of cabinetmakers, his services were in little demand during the French Revolutionary period because of his political status.