• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 781

    A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND IVORY-INLAID TULIPWOOD, FRUITWOOD AND AMARANTH MARQUETRY COMMODE

    ATTRIBUTED TO ANDRE LOUIS GILBERT, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND IVORY-INLAID TULIPWOOD, FRUITWOOD AND AMARANTH MARQUETRY COMMODE
    ATTRIBUTED TO ANDRE LOUIS GILBERT, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Inlaid overall with classical ruins amidst trees, the shaped rectangular grey-veined white marble top with canted angles and a pierced gallery, above two drawers inlaid sans traverse, the sides conformingly-inlaid, above a shaped apron centred by an urn flanked by foliage, on slightly cabriole legs headed by simulated fluting and terminating in paw feet, the handles later, originally further mounted to the angles, the marble and gallery later
    35¼ in. (89.5 cm.) high; 50½ in. (128 cm.) wide; 20¾ in. (52.5 cm.) deep


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    André Louis Gilbert, maître in 1774.

    This late Louis XV marquetry commode belongs to a small and important ensemble of pieces executed by André Louis Gilbert. Together with other celebrated ébénistes, Gilbert made use of this type of marqueterie à motif de ruines, originally popularised by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 - 1778) in his views of Rome, in order to decorate his productions. According to Geoffrey de Bellaigue, the pictorial and architectural marquetry panels on these pieces appear to have been made by one or a group of specialty marqueteurs who supplied furniture to Parisian marchands-merciers and ébénistes, including Jacques van Oostenrik, dit Dautriche, Pierre Denizot, Léonard Boudin, Pierre Roussel, Pierre Macret, Martin Ohnenberg, Nicolas Petit, Charles Topino, Christophe Wolff and of course André Louis Gilbert. (See G. de Bellaigue, 'Engravings and the French Eighteenth Century Marqueteur', Burlington Magazine, May 1965, pp. 240 - 250 and July 1965, pp. 356 - 363, and 'Ruins in Marquetry', Apollo, January, 1968, pp.12-16).

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    Provenance

    Rue de la Faisanderie, Paris, until the late 1940's.
    Thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 778-783)