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A LOUIS XV/XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED SYCAMORE, AMARANTH AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ALBIN SALTON (Lots 327-332)
A LOUIS XV/XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED SYCAMORE, AMARANTH AND PARQUETRY COMMODE

CIRCA 1770, STAMPED C.C. SAUNIER TWICE AND JME

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A LOUIS XV/XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED SYCAMORE, AMARANTH AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
Circa 1770, stamped C.C. SAUNIER twice and JME
The rectangular brêche d'alep top above a frieze drawer inlaid with Vitruvian scroll above three further drawers each decorated with four rosette centered square reserves, with conforming decoration to the sides, above a shaped apron raised on cabriole legs and scroll cast sabots, restorations to veneer, inscribed in white chalk to the reverse Pitt & Scott and with a pencil inscription V. Devreux and a printed label; K3652/Millar & Beatty, Ltd./House Furnishers/Grafton Street, Dublin
34in. (87cm.) high, 41½in. (106cm.) wide, 18¾in. (48cm.) deep
Provenance
Palais Galliera, Paris, 8 December 1969

Lot Essay

Claude-Charles Saunier, maître in 1752.

Descending from a family of ébénistes, Saunier was accepted into the community and the workshop of his father, Jean-Charles, in 1757. Located in the rue Faubourg Saint-Antoine, the premises had originally been occupied by his grandfather, Charles. Upon his succession to his father's workshop in 1765, Claude-Charles registered his letters patent and continued the business. He briefly continued to adopt the Louis XV style and then rapidly adopted the neoclassic designs of the Transitional and Louis XVI periods that he appears to have favoured, and for which he is now renowned. Saunier's success was not confined to France and his reputation reached London where, through his work for the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre, he supplied, amongst other collectors, Lord Spencer.

A commode by Saunier with very similar square and rosette decoration is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIeme Siècle, Paris, 1989, p.773, fig.b.
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