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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 37

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED BOIS SATINE AND EBONY COMMODE

    BY ANDRE-LOUIS GILBERT, CIRCA 1775

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED BOIS SATINE AND EBONY COMMODE
    BY ANDRE-LOUIS GILBERT, CIRCA 1775
    The rectangular breakfront moulded grey-veined white marble top with canted angles above a panelled frieze mounted with flutes and husks and fitted with three short drawers, above two long drawers with laurel-wrapped loop handles, with stiff-leaf surrounds flanked by rosettes, centred by a ribbon-tied laurel wreath, the shaped apron with a pierced foliate mount, the angles with ribbon-tied and tasseled scientific trophies, the panelled sides mounted conformingly, on square-sectioned tapering legs headed by foliate and beaded mounts and terminating in square sabots, stamped 'A.L. Gilbert' and 'JME', partly remounted
    35¼ in. (89.5 cm.) high; 51 in. (129.5 cm.) wide; 24¾ in. (63 cm.) deep


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    André-Louis Gilbert, maître in 1774.

    This elegant and richly-mounted commode features several elements that are characteristic for Gilbert's oeuvre. Among such, the recessed stiff-leaf surrounds flanked by rosettes to the corners, and the distinctive pierced apron mount which can be found on related commodes by Gilbert, including one sold, Christie's, Paris, 28 April 2005, lot 326, another from The Edward James Collection, West Dean Park, Chichester, West Sussex, sold, Christie's house sale, 2, 3 and 6 June 1986, lot 135.

    The angle mounts - cast with elaborate trophies emblematic of the Applied Sciences, incorporating ribbon-hung caduceus, terrestrial globe, compass and book, and ending in tassels - are of particular interest. These seemingly idiosyncratic angle mounts can be found on related commodes by Gilbert, among which a commode in the Frick Collection, New York (ref. 18.5.38), illustrated in The Frick Collection, V, Furniture Italian & French, Princeton, 1992, p. 373, and another, offered, Christie's, Paris, 21 June 2007, lot 255. A variation on the same theme - with ribbon-hung musical attributes and tassel boss - can be found on the above-mentioned commode by Gilbert from the Edward James Collection.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 34-37)