A LOUIS XV BOIS SATINE AND PARQUETRY BOMBE COMMODE

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A LOUIS XV BOIS SATINE AND PARQUETRY BOMBE COMMODE
By Jean-François Leleu

The eared moulded brêche d'alep marble top above two drawers veneered sans traverse, à chevrons and banded with boxwood feather-banding, the eared angles with floral S-scrolled foliate mounts, the quarter-veneered sides conformingly banded to simulate a panel, the shaped apron with an asymmetrical scrolled and foliate mount on tapering legs with husk-trailed foliate sabots, stamped once J.F.LELEU and twice JME, the drawers' sides topped with amaranth veneer, the wooden top with cut dovetails, restorations and partially remounted
26½in. (67cm.) wide; 33in. (84cm.) high; 17½in. (44.5cm.) deep

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Jean-François Leleu, maître in 1764

Following his apprenticeship in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Jean-François Leleu entered the atelier of Jean-François Oeben, menuisier-ébéniste du Roi at the Arsenal. This commode, with its restrained bombé shape which pre-empts his later oeuvre in the Louis XVI style, was probably executed just after he left the Arsenal workshop in the late 1760s. He went on to gain several important commissions from the Comtesse Du Barry and the Prince de Condé, to whom he became official ébéniste between 1772 and 1777.
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