• Christie's Interiors - Style & auction at Christies

    Sale 5925

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    17 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 365

    A GILT-METAL MOUNTED AMARANTH, SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY COMMODE

    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-HENRI REISENER, SECOND HALF 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GILT-METAL MOUNTED AMARANTH, SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-HENRI REISENER, SECOND HALF 20TH CENTURY
    The moulded Yellow Benou Breccia marble top above a breakfront facade, enclosing a shelf
    38 in. (97 cm.) high; 66 in. (168 cm.) wide; 24½ in. (62 cm.) deep


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    The design of the present commode follows that of an original model executed in 1778 by Riesener (maître 1768; d. 1806) for the cabinet de retraite of Louis XVI at the château de Fontainebleau and later moved to the king's bibliotheque at the château de Versailles. Acquired in the early 19th century by Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton, the Versailles commode was sold in Christie's sale of the contents of Hamilton Palace, Lanarkshire, held 17 June-20 July 1882 (lot 517; 3,060 guineas). It was later acquired by Baron Nathaniel von Rothschild and eventually sold in Christie's sale of Works of Art from the Collection of the Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild, London, 8 July 1999, lot 201. It is now back at Versailles.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage