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    Sale 7816

    Le Grand Goût - A Private European Collection

    17 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 141

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY COMMODE A VANTAUX

    AFTER THE MODEL BY ADAM WEISWEILER, SEOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY COMMODE A VANTAUX
    AFTER THE MODEL BY ADAM WEISWEILER, SEOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The inset breakfront-shaped brèche marble top above a conforming frieze applied with scrolling vine and Bacchic motifs and fitted with three drawers, above a double-fronted panelled door and single door, each opening to a single shelf, the sides with similar panels, the angles with stop-fluted tapering columns, on tapering legs and capped feet; the reverse of the central drawer lock-plate stamped 'BAYLE & PIERRE/25 RUE CHALIGNY/PARIS'
    35½ in. (90 cm.) high; 58¾ in. (149 cm.) wide; 22½ in. (57 cm.) deep


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    This commode, with its frieze mount of trumpeting satyrs and vine, is a faithful copy of that by Adam Weisweiler, supplied in 1788 by Daguerre for the Cabinet intérieur of Louis XVI at Saint-Cloud for 3,000 L. Weisweiler made a repertoire of similar commodes with fluted pilasters to the angles and characteristic hinged panel doors and, as becoming of the oeuvre of the celebrated maître-ébéniste, the model remained à la mode through the 19th century, particularly during the Second Empire when Empress Eugènie's fascination with Marie-Antoinette revived the taste for the Louis XVI style. Celebrated 19th century examples of comparable quality to the present lot are recorded by Durand Fils (Christie's, New York, 9 April 2008, lot 103) and later by François Linke (Christie's, London, 18 March 2004, lot 42).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 6 March 1996, lot 136.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot is by Maison Krieger, Paris.
    The lockplate of the central cupboard door is engraved 'KRIEGER/AMEUBLEMENT/PARIS'.