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A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND TULIPWOOD PARQUETRY COMMODES
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A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND TULIPWOOD PARQUETRY COMMODES

BY JACQUES DAUTRICHE

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A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND TULIPWOOD PARQUETRY COMMODES
By Jacques Dautriche
Each of rectangular breakfront outline with moulded rouge griotte marble top, the frieze with three drawers mounted with ormolu Vitruvian scrolls on a green ground with ormolu moulding below, the two main drawers inlaid sans travers, with crossbanded panels, the central panel with geometric flowerhead and star motifs, the flanking panels with cubes, the sides with similar cube panels, the shaped apron mounted with ormolu trailing acanthus sprays, the rounded angles with chevron inlay, headed by stepped pilasters with berried laurel-swags and guilloche-bands on cabriole legs terminating in acanthus lion-paw feet, each commode stamped 'J. DAUTRICHE JME', on the right front hand corner, one inscribed 'No. 1' the other 'No. 2', both with remains of old paper label inscribed in ink 'Saloon North Wall', one marble with transit label and also inscribed in blue chalk 'Paires d/commodes/chez Haugrel', one apron mount replaced, probably in the 19th Century
58 in. wide; 35 ½ in. high; 23 ½ in. deep (2)
Provenance
Probably Sir Dudley Coutts Majoribanks, BT., 1st Baron Tweedmouth (d.1894), Brook House, Park Lane, London or Guisachan House, Inverness and thence by descent to the 2nd Baron Tweedmouth,
Acquired by the 6th Earl of Portsmouth and sold in these Rooms by the Countess of Portsmouth, Christie's, 18 May 1922, lot 80, and sold again in these Rooms, 4th July 1996, the property of the late Mrs Vernon Sangster, lot 290, (£177,500).
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Lot Essay

Jacques van Oostenrik, called Dautriche, maître in 1765

The flowerhead and trellis marquetry is a constant feature on breakfront commodes by Dautriche. Apart from the present commodes, it is a decoration employed on a closely related commode from the collection of the Earls of Ashburnham, Ashburnham Place, sold at Sotheby's, London, 26 June 1953, lot 111, and again anonymously at Sotheby's New York, 27 October 1990. lot 83.

All the mounts on these commodes can be found on further examples. The apron mount appears on a commode in Schloss Ludwigsburg, as well as on a closely related commode sold anoymously at Adler Picard Tajan, Paris, 5 December 1974, lot 88. The Vitruvian scrolls to the frieze are on a commode sold at Burat, Paris, 17 June 1937, lot 139, an encoignure sold at Couturier Nicolay, Paris, 14 September 1986, a commode with Galerie Lupu in 1982, previously in a sale in Paris 14 June 1977, lot 120, and on a commode from the collection of the Duke of Wellington at Stratfield Saye.
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