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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY AND JAPANESE LACQUER SIDE CABINET
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY AND JAPANESE LACQUER SIDE CABINET

INCORPORATING A 17TH CENTURY JAPANESE LACQUER CABINET

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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY AND JAPANESE LACQUER SIDE CABINET
INCORPORATING A 17TH CENTURY JAPANESE LACQUER CABINET
The incurved rectangular portor marble top with outset corners above a configuration of nine long, short, and deep drawers decorated with lacquer depicting mountainous landscapes and birds, flanked by a pair of turned and fluted columns, the slightly incurved sides mounted with large rectangular panels of similarly decorated lacquer, on turned tapering feet, stamped to rear left upright of back A. Weisweiler, (the stamp probably spurious)
38¼ in. (97 cm.) high, 48¾ in. (124 cm.) wide, 22 in. (56 cm.) deep

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The sophisticated à l'anglaise form of this commode, the central drawers taken from a 17th century Japanese lacquer cabinet, is typical of the innovative luxury wares supplied by the marchand mercier Dominique Daguerre, often to English clients such as George, Prince of Wales (later George IV), whose sumptuous London residence Carlton House was extensively furnished by Daguerre, including a number of pieces by Weisweiler, often incorporating precious lacquers.

A closely related commode, of the full à l'anglaise form with open shelves to the sides, was supplied by Daguerre to Earl Spencer for use at Spencer House (illustrated in F.J.B. Watson, Louis XVI Furniture, London, 1973, cat. 149).

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