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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 7

    A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD COMMODE

    BY ETIENNE DOIRAT, CIRCA 1725

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD COMMODE
    BY ETIENNE DOIRAT, CIRCA 1725
    The liver marble top above two drawers and a shaped apron, on cabriole legs, stamped 'E. DOIRAT' twice, partially re-mounted
    31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) high; 50 in. (127 cm.) wide; 25 in. (63.5 cm.) deep


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    Etienne Doirat (1675-1732) set up his workshop in the Cour de la Contrescarpe des Fosses de la Bastille in 1726, and in 1731 leased a store in the fashionable rue Saint-Honoré. Distinguished as one of the few ébénistes of the Régence period to occasionally stamp his pieces, the overall form, parquetry and mounts of this commode are recurrent features throughout his oeuvre. 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 lead models but also the unchased mounts and finished examples, it is possible to attribute certain pieces on the basis of the mounts alone. This inventory further reveals that Doirat was making two-drawer commodes of this type, described as 'commodes à la Régence' by 1732 (J.-D. Augarde, 'Etienne Doirat, Menuisier en ébène', J. Paul Getty Museum, vol. 13, 1985, pp. 33-52).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Maison Jansen, Paris, in 1937.