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A PAIR OF REGENCE STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED AMARANTH COLLECTORS COMMODES
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A PAIR OF REGENCE STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED AMARANTH COLLECTORS COMMODES

19TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF REGENCE STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED AMARANTH COLLECTORS COMMODES
19th Century
The oval shaped leather lined top with gilt bronze moulded border above a conformingly shaped frieze with three graduated tiers of six drawers, arranged one to either long side and one to every shaped corner, with gilt bronze edging, on six square cabriole legs with brass-filled fluting and ending in acanthus issuing paw feet, with various chalk inscriptions to underside, losses to the brass edging and the mounts
32½ in. (82 cm.) high; 52 in. (132 cm.); 28 in. (71 cm.) deep (2)
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Lot Essay

These extraordinary commodes, of remarkable form with six legs and three banks of shallow drawers continuing on every side, must have been conceived as a specific commission for a collector to house a particular collection of rare artefacts.

Another commode of this model, in a private collection in Paris, is illustrated in N. de Reyniés, Le Mobilier Domestique, Paris, 1987, vol. I, p. 658, fig. 2404, where he suggests that such a commode was intended for the storage of a collection of rare mineral specimens. Another pair of commodes of this model, possibly the same as that illustrated by de Reyniés, was illustrated by P. Kjellberg in 'Meubles de Rangement de Minéralogie', Connaissance des Arts, May 1967, p. 106. A further pair (possibly the pair offered here) was offered Sotheby's Monaco, 26 November 1979, lot 295, described as Régence.
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