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

BY PIERRE MACRET

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A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, KINGWOOD, SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY BREAKFRONT COMMODE
By Pierre Macret
The moulded brèche violette marble top with rounded front corners, above a flowerhead-filled entrelac frieze with three drawers, two drawers inlaid sans traverse, flanked on each side by a door with cube parquetry panel, the sides with conforming parquetry panels, the angles headed by neoclassical ram-mask mounts, the central lower drawer with a mask of a man issuing acanthus, on cabriole legs with paw and foliage sabots, stamped MACRET
38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 56¾ in. (144 cm.) wide; 22½ in. (57 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

Pierre Macret, ébéniste suivant la Cour from 1756.

This model of breakfront commode first evolved in the workshop of Jean-François Oeben around 1750-60. Oeben, who became ébéniste du Roi in 1754 and maître circa 1761, is credited for this elaborate parquetry of repeated cube patterns and interlaced circles (see F.J.B.Watson, Louis XVI Furniture, 1960, p.68). The design clearly characterises the goût grec of the late Louis XV period. The Oeben model had a great following and was soon emulated by many other Parisian ébénistes, such as Dautriche and Macret.

A related commode by Oeben in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu (n.72.DA.54) is illustrated in R.Stratmann-Döhler, Jean-François Oeben, Paris, 2002, p.54. This commode features very similar marquetry and has an identical arrangement of two small central drawers flanked by two doors. It is furthermore decorated with almost identical ormolu mounts, which include an apron mount depicting an acanthus-wrapped male mask surmounted by a stylised lambrequin.

An almost identical commode from the collection of the Earl of Normanton was sold in these Rooms, 16 July 1925, lot 37.
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