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A near pair of French ormolu-mounted marquetry and parquetry commodes
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A near pair of French ormolu-mounted marquetry and parquetry commodes

AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, CIRCA 1880

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A near pair of French ormolu-mounted marquetry and parquetry commodes
After the model by Jean-Henri Riesener, Circa 1880
Each surmounted by a 'D'-shaped and moulded veined white marble top, above two drawers inlaid sans traverse, headed by a sun-burst, above a cartouche depicting a nature morte, flanked to each side by a putto, emblematic of Bienfaisance and Justice, the rounded sides each fitted with a cupboard door centred by a trophy, flanked to each side by a standing figure, respectively emblematic of Courage, Force, Prudence and Tempérence, above a shaped apron centred by the French Royal coat-of-arms within ribbon-tied cornucopiae, on four tapering acanthus feet
One: 39¼ (99.5 cm.) high; 85 in. (216 cm.) high; 32¼ in. (82 cm.) deep;
The other: 38½ in. (97.5 cm.) high; 81¾ in. (205 cm.) wide; 31½ in. (80 cm.) deep (2)
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Essay

This commode is a copy of the celebrated model delivered by Riesener in 1775 to Louis XV for the bedroom of his private apartments at Versailles. It was originally centred by a figure of Minerva crowning the Royal cyphers with a laurel wreath. This panel was replaced at the Revolution by the actual nature morte, a less regal feature. It is now in the Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly.
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