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A French ormolu-mounted bois satiné and amaranth parquetry commode
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A French ormolu-mounted bois satiné and amaranth parquetry commode

AFTER THE MODEL BY CHARLES CRESSENT, CIRCA 1880

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A French ormolu-mounted bois satiné and amaranth parquetry commode
After the model by Charles Cressent, Circa 1880
Surmounted by a shaped brèche d'Alep marble top, above two drawers, centred by a flaming urn, flanked to each side by a putto holding oak branches and headed by courting doves, above a serpentine apron centred by a shell cartouche, the front angles each with a cherub holding a dove, supported by an oak trunk, the sides each with oak branches, on four cabriole legs, on foliate and acorn sabots
35 in. (89 cm.) high; 54 in. (137 cm.) wide; 22 in. (56 cm.) deep
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This is a copy of the celebrated model made by Charles Cressent circa 1750. It was eventually bought by Ferdinand de Rothschild for Waddesdon Manor, his house in Buckinghamshire.

The active career of Charles Cressent spans the years between 1719 and 1757. He is certainly the ébéniste whose work is most representative of the Régence style. The dominant theme in Cressent's work is the extensive role of sculptural decoration: his furniture is covered with such a profusion of gilt-bronze or varnished mounts that the ébénisterie is finally no more than a vehicle for displaying the decoration.
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