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A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY AND EBONY COMMODE
A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY AND EBONY COMMODE
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A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY AND EBONY COMMODE

CIRCA 1710

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A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY AND EBONY COMMODE
CIRCA 1710
Inlaid overall with designs in the manner of Jean Berain, the top with a putto in a chariot being pulled by satyrs, above three drawers, on hoof sabots, remounted, indistinctly stamped 'I.C.SA...'.
33 in. (83.5 cm.) high; 36 ¾ in. (93.5 cm.) wide; 22 ¼ in. (56.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hayes Burns, sister of J.P. Morgan, North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire, and thence by descent to
Major General Sir George Burns, KCVO, CB, DSO, OBE, MC, North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire; sold Christie's house sale, 24-26 September 1979, lot 191.
East & West: A Private Collection from Eaton Square & Anouska Hempel; Christie's, London, 5 May 2013, lot 200.
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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Sale Room Notice
Please note that the dimensions given in the printed catalogue are incorrect. They should in fact read as follows: 33 in. (83.5 cm.) high; 36 ¾ in. (93.5 cm.) wide; 22 ¼ in. (56.5 cm.) deep.

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Lot Essay

The stamp is probably that of Jean-Charles Saunier, maître in 1743 and father of Claude-Charles Saunier, acting as a repairer.

A tantalising question about the possible origin of the maker of this group of commodes is raised by a pair of commodes now in store at Schloss Willnitz, Dresden, but originally from Schloss Moritzburg. The Dresden commodes are veneered in oak and walnut but are of strikingly similar form to this one. They have overhanging marble tops with moulded ormolu edges but, most importantly, the pilaster angles continue down into hipped pierced legs and splayed ormolu hoof feet. The Dresden commodes are of a plain bowed form of four long drawers with brass handles flanking a central escutcheon but the overall effect is extremely close. The Dresden commodes are dated to 1720-30 and are illustrated in G. Haase, Dresdener Möbel des 18 Jahrhunderts, Leipzig, 1983, p. 265, fig. 28

There is a distinct group of 'boulle marquetry' commodes of this form. One, without pierced legs, is in the Wallace Collection (F.J.B. Watson, Wallace Collection Catalogues: Furniture, London, 1956, no. F.39, pp. 16-17 and pl. 38); another, from the collection of comte Philippe de Rochefoucauld, was sold at Parke Bernet, New York, 16-17 May 1952, lot 383; another was sold anonymously at Sotheby's New York, 27 October 1990, lot 54; and, finally, a three-drawer commode, very similar to the present lot was sold at Christie's New York, 26 April 1994, lot 180. This commode's top is inlaid with a mosaic of brass and tortoiseshell with richly fretted and acanthus-wrapped ribbons, celebrating the Triumph of Love. In a lozenge-scrolled compartment, Venus's chariot is revealed on a laurel-wreathed and drapery-festooned pedestal beneath a baldaquin. The car, drawn by festive Bacchic satyrs, is driven by Cupid, whose companion bears the Nature Goddess's triumphal-garland on a pennant.

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