• European Noble and Private Col auction at Christies

    Sale 2835

    European Noble and Private Collections

    15 - 16 December 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 317

    A ORMOLU-MOUNTED WALNUT MARQUETRY COMMODE

    PROBABLY SWISS, CIRCA 1750-1760

    Price Realised  

    A ORMOLU-MOUNTED WALNUT MARQUETRY COMMODE
    PROBABLY SWISS, CIRCA 1750-1760
    Banded and crossbanded overall and inlaid with quarter-veneered panels, the moulded eared marbre de Roche marble top above three bombé drawers, flanked by dragon-cast angle mounts, above a shaped apron
    87 cm. high x 130 cm. wide x 66 cm. deep


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    Three commodes by Mathäus Funk (1697-1783) which closely follow the French Louis XV prototype are illustrated in in Hermann von Fischer, Fonck a Berne, Bern, 2001, page 95, plates 148-150. Each of these also have the characteristic central angle mount with dragons which also adorn the present commode. Another peculiarity which would not be found so readely on French or German commodes is the use of walnut veneer on such a prestigeous piece of furniture, Funk however uses walnut on the majority of his cabinet furniture.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GERMAN LADY (LOTS 308-320)