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A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, KINGWOOD AND PARQUETRY BREAKFRONT COMMODE
A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, KINGWOOD AND PARQUETRY BREAKFRONT COMMODE

BY PIERRE ROUSSEL, CIRCA 1770

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A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, KINGWOOD AND PARQUETRY BREAKFRONT COMMODE
BY PIERRE ROUSSEL, CIRCA 1770
Inlaid overall with floral cube parquetry, the later mottled marble top above two deep drawers, with conforming sides on square section cabriole legs, with drapery and swags to the angles, stamped 'P. ROUSSEL', partially remounted
31 in. (78.5 cm.) high; 31½ in. (80 cm.) wide; 17½ in. (44 cm.) deep

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Pierre Roussel, maître in 1745.

This elegant transitional commode is stamped by the celebrated ébéniste Pierre Roussel I (1723-1782) who supplied furniture for the Palais-Bourbon as well as the Chateau de Chantilly.

The sophisticated trellised parquetry de carrés quatre-feuilles sur fond de cubes, mosaiced in Roman pavement fashion, was favoured by a number of aebénistes in the 1760s. It also appears on commodes bearing the stamps of the fabricant and marchand Lonard Boudin (maître in 1761) and Pierre Denizot (maître in 1740) (illustrated in P.Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Franais du XVIIIme Sicle, Paris, 1998, pp. 92, 254, 255 and 92). In addition, it appears on a commode stamped by Daniel Deloose (maître in 1767), sold at Sotheby's London, 27 November 1987, lot 264.

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