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    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1215

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED SATINE, KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND AMARANTH MARQUETRY COMMODE

    ATTRIBUTED TO JACQUES DUBOIS, CIRCA 1745

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    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED SATINE, KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND AMARANTH MARQUETRY COMMODE
    ATTRIBUTED TO JACQUES DUBOIS, CIRCA 1745
    With serpentine breche d'alep marble top above two long walnut-lined drawers inlaid sans traverse and centered with an elaborate C-scroll and rocaille cartouche, on cabriole legs with foliate sabots, restorations and replacements to veneers, the bois satine panels to sides of drawers and panels of the sides either sanded down or replaced
    34 in. (86.5 cm.) high, 56 ¾ in. (144 cm.) wide, 26 in. (66 cm.) deep


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    This commode can be attributed to Jacques Dubois (maître 1742) based on a group of commodes stamped by him that share the same the unusual combination of striking directional veneers framed by richly sculpted ormolu mounts. They include one offered anonymously at Christie’s, London, 5 July 2001 (lot 256). Another closely related commode by Dubois which also shares this combination is illustrated in J. Nicolay, L’Art et la Manière des Maitres Ebénistes Français Au XVIII Siècle Vol I, Paris, 1976, p.160 fig 10 and a third example at Waddesdon Manor (G. de Bellaigue, The James A. De Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, Furniture Clocks and Gilt Bronzes Vol I, London, 1974, p. 219).

    Provenance

    Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection.


    Saleroom Notice

    Additional closely related commodes by Dubois include a pair formerly in the collection of the Grand Duchess Marie of Russia and now in the Wrightsman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection Vol I, Greenwich, 1966, pp.155-7) and another in the collection of the Musée Langres, France.