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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 378

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE, AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

    BY JEAN CAUMONT, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE, AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE
    BY JEAN CAUMONT, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The Rouge du Languedoc marble top above a simulated panelled frieze drawer and two further shaped drawers inlaid sans traverse with an oval medallion depicting Love's attributes, flanked by simulated fluted uprights and shaped cupboard doors, each decorated with a floral medallion and enclosing a shelf, on turned tapering legs, stamped 'J CAUMONT' and 'JME' twice
    34 in. (86 cm.) high; 32½ in. (82.5 cm.) wide; 14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) deep


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    Jean Caumont (1736-1800), maître in 1774.

    Caumont was based in the rue Traversière. His documented oeuvre is considerable and eclectic, mainly executed in the Transition and Louis XVI fashion, and embellished with marquetry scenes of musical trophies and flower-vases or with carefully chosen mahogany veneers with contrasting ormolu mounts. The comte de Salverte describes this ébéniste extensively and mentions a Louis XVI giltwood console table stamped by Caumont in the Mobilier National and a secrétaire-à-abattant in the collection of Madame Demachy at the château d'Ognon (Comte de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIè Siècle, Paris, 1953, p. 52.)

    Caumont played an active role in the revolution and was elected juge de paix. He handed the leadership of his atelier over to his son in 1795 and was thereafter mainly engaged in politics (P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIè Siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 169).

    A closely related demi-lune commode by Caumont was sold, Mercier Velliet, Thullier, 24 April 1988, while a further commode by the ébéniste was sold at Christie's, London, 13 December 2001, lot 464 (£18,800 with premium).

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    Provenance

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