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Antique French Louis XVI Marquetry Commode Chest of Drawers Marble Top circa 1790

A Louis XVI period antique French walnut marble top commode chest of drawers inlaid with satinwood and ebonized timber circa 1790. The marvelous geometric pattern of this French chest was quite the fashion at the end of the eighteenth century. Please use the enlarge and zoom functions offered on our website to enjoy each photograph to see the details that identify the superior French cabinet making skills lavished on this piece. Several details to note when looking at this antique French chest of drawers. Please look at the pattern of the walnut on the drawer fronts placed in a large chevron pattern to meet in the centre of each drawer. Surrounding the parquetry walnut on each drawer front is a band of alternating satinwood and ebonized timber creating a visual stripe around the perimeter. The contrast in color and pattern makes the façade quite interesting and this effect is continued in the front left and right legs as well as on the sides indicating this french commode was for a home that enjoyed a plush life. The importance of decorated sides meant that the owners possessed enough wealth to keep a fire blazing the hearth as well as numerous candles lit to fully illuminate an interior and wrap around the sides of a piece of furniture. The front legs retain the patterned bronze "sabots" applied to protect the timber and this different material also was reflective of the available light in the room. All three drawers are opened by using the replaced ring pulls while the center escutcheons protected the timber from an iron key when inserted into a lock. Do look at the closeup photos of the antique marble top as they show the hand hewn edge of the marble indicating its age as eighteenth century. The scale of this Antique French chest is perfect for use in many locations in an interior where its subtle style mixes effortlessly with contemporary furnishings in a modern home.

# 007KPVA49


38.50" w x 20.25" d x 31.00" h

97.79cm w x 51.44cm d x 78.74cm h