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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 76

    A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID KINGWOOD COMMODE

    CIRCA 1720-30, POSSIBLY BY FRANCOIS GARNIER

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    A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID KINGWOOD COMMODE
    CIRCA 1720-30, POSSIBLY BY FRANCOIS GARNIER
    The arc-en-arbalète-fronted brèche d'Alep marble top above two short and two long drawers with foliate-cast handles, the angles with rockwork clasps, above a shaped apron centred by a pierced rocaille cartouche, on short conformingly-mounted splayed feet, stamped five times 'FG', the mounts regilt
    34 in. (86.5 cm.) high; 57¼ in. (145.5 cm.) wide; 25¾ in. (65.5 cm.) deep


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    The intriguing 'FG' stamp which appears on a group of Régence commodes has been suggested as that of François Garnier (d.1774), father of the celebrated Pierre Garnier (maître in 1742). A commode stamped 'F.G.' is discussed in B. Pallot et. al., Didier Aaron, Catalogue, Paris, 1992, no. 31, while a virtually identical commode (erroneously described as stamped 'F.C.'), featuring slight variations to the escutcheons, was sold from the Collection of the 6th Earl of Rosebery, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, 18-20 May 1977, lot 415 (£18,000 with premium).

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    THE PROPERTY OF AN ESTATE