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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 140

    A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND PARQUETRY COMMODE

    CIRCA 1715, ATTRIBUTED TO ETIENNE DOIRAT

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
    CIRCA 1715, attributed to Etienne Doirat
    Of arc-en-arbalette form, the moulded liver marble top above two short and one long serpentine-fronted drawers with lozenge parquetry, on cabriole legs with ormolu sabots, one back leg re-supported
    33¾ in. (66 cm.) high; 54 in. (137 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.)


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    Etienne Doirat (circa 1675-1732)

    The overall form, amaranth parquetry and choice of mounts of this commode are recurrent features throughout the oeuvre of Etienne Doirat, who is distinguished as one of the few ébénistes of the Regence period to occasionally stamp his pieces. Moreover, as a result of the inventory taken following his death in 1732, which effectively discloses that Doirat kept exclusive control of his bronze mounts, not only retaining the the lead models but also the unchased mounts and finished examples, it is possible to attribute cetain pieces on the basis of the mounts. This inventory further reveals that Doirat was making two-drawer commodes of this type, described as 'commodes à la Regence' by 1732 (J.-D. Augarde, 'Etienne Doirat, Menuisier en ébéne', J. Paul Getty Museum, vol. 13, 1985, pp. 33-52).

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