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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 74

    A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, GREEN-STAINED SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY COMMODE

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE ROUSSEL

    Price Realised  

    A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, GREEN-STAINED SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE ROUSSEL
    Inlaid overall with a flower-filled trellis pattern, the moulded breakfront brèche d'Alep marble top above a frieze decorated with rosette-filled entrelacs and fitted with three drawers, above two long panelled drawers sans traverse and a shaped apron centred by an acanthus-wrapped female mask, the angles mounted with swag-adorned pilasters, on foliate-headed cabriole legs terminating in acanthus sabots, one frieze drawer with paper label inscribed in ink '6862', another with paper label inscribed 'Louis XVI Commode./from/Collection of Alfred Montgomery, Esq.', the back inscribed twice with inventory number 68621, some replacements to the mounts including the frieze mounts to both sides and the apron
    34 in. (86 cm.) high; 44 in. (112 cm.) wide; 22 in. (56 cm.) deep


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    PIERRE ROUSSEL

    Pierre Roussel I (1723-1782) received his maîtrise in 1745 and is recorded to have supplied furniture for the Palais-Bourbon and the château de Chantilly.
    With its quatrefoil-inset cube parquetry, sunflower and rosette-filled entrelacs and idiosyncratic acanthus-wrapped female mask to the apron, this transitional commode is characteristic of the oeuvre of the ébéniste Pierre Roussel. Closely-related transitional commodes by Roussel include one formerly in the Wildenstein Collection, sold at Christie's, London, 14-15 December 2005, lot 160 (£50,400 with premium), a further example sold at Christie's, London, 13 June 2002, lot 10 (£116,650 with premium), and another sold more recently at Christie's, London, 13 September 2007, lot 1293.

    THE PROVENANCE
    Alfred Montgomery (1814-1896), second son of Sir Henry Conyngham Montgomery, 1st Bt., married, in 1842, Fanny Charlotte, eldest daughter of George Wyndham, 1st Lord Leconfield. A commissioner of the Inland Revenue, he was a social figure of some importance. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt characterised him as 'quite the last of the old d'Orsay set in London'. A friend of Montgomery, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, described him as 'a man of fashion, dining out to the end'. His elder daughter, Edith, married George Finch, of Burley on the Hill, Rutland, while her sister Sibyl married John, 9th Marquess of Queensberry. Their father's collection was sold posthumously at Robinson & Fisher's in 1896.

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    Provenance

    Alfred Montgomery (1814-1896).
    Sold by the Executors of the late Alfred Montgomery, Esq., Robinson & Fisher, & Willis's Rooms, London, 10 June 1896, lot 168.
    Sold Christie's, New York, 20 April 2007, lot 357.