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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 179

    A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PAINTED-PANEL-MOUNTED ACAJOU MOUCHETE COMMODE A VANTAUX

    AFTER THE MODEL BY JOSEPH STÖCKEL AND GUILLAUME BENNEMAN, BY HENRI-AUGUSTE FOURDINOIS, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PAINTED-PANEL-MOUNTED ACAJOU MOUCHETE COMMODE A VANTAUX
    AFTER THE MODEL BY JOSEPH STÖCKEL AND GUILLAUME BENNEMAN, BY HENRI-AUGUSTE FOURDINOIS, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Decorated overall with berried scrolling foliage, the eared rectangular white marble top above egg-and-dart moulding and three frieze drawers centred by a lion mask, over a pair of panelled doors centred by a ribbon-tied oil-on-canvas roundel of a young girl cuddling a cat, the interior fitted with six drawers flanked by fluted columnar uprights with stiff-leaf acanthus capitals, one side with a painted panel depicting an astrological maiden the other showing amorous couples, on tapering frond-cast legs and pine cone feet, the reverse twice stamped FOURDINOIS
    37¾ in. (96 cm.) high; 73½ in. (187 cm.) wide; 29½ in. (75 cm.) deep


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    The design of the present commode relates closely to that of a pair adapted by Guillaume Benneman from a model by Joseph Stöckel supplied to Marie-Antoinette in 1786 for the Salon des Jeux at Fontainebleau.

    Copied in widely varying degrees of quality throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the present example of Stöckel and Benneman's model exhibits the high level of quality as becoming of the celebrated Parisian firm of Fourdinois.

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