AN EARLY LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD COMMODE
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AN EARLY LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD COMMODE

CIRCA 1730-40

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AN EARLY LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD COMMODE
CIRCA 1730-40
The moulded serpentine shaped brêche d'Alep marble top above two short and one long drawer, mounted with rocaille, scallop-shell and foliate handles and c-scroll and shell escutcheons, above a confronting C-scroll, foliate and rocaille apron mount, on cabriole legs and sabots, with spurious ink stamp '1012', partially re-mounted
33 in. (84 cm.) high; 58 in. (147 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep
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All sold and unsold lots marked with a filled square in the catalogue that are not cleared from Christie’s by 5:00 pm on the day of the sale, and all sold and unsold lots not cleared from Christie’s by 5:00 pm on the fifth Friday following the sale, will be removed to the warehouse of ‘Cadogan Tate’. Please note that there will be no charge to purchasers who collect their lots within two weeks of this sale.

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Lot Essay

The overall shape and ormolu mounts of this commode echo the elegant designs of the ébénistes Jacques-Philippe Carel (maître in 1723), Jean Desforges (maître before 1730) and Bernard II van Risen Burgh, BVRB (maître in 1730). A strong similarity in form can be seen in a drawing of a commode by BVRB in the State Archives, Munich (illustrated). BVRB supplied the majority of the commodes ordered circa 1733 for the refurnishing of the Munich Residenz by Elector Charles-Albert of Bavaria (G. Hojer & H. Ottomeyer, Die Möbel der Residenz München, Munich, 1995, vol. I, p. 89).
The distinctive apron mount of confronting C-scrolls, though, was employed on commodes by Jean Desforges and Jacques-Philippe Carel. Carel - at the same time as BVRB – also supplied a commode to the Residenz in Munich via the marchand-mercier Charles Darnault, which was veneered with trellis parquetry and mounted with very closely-related chutes, as well as the distinctive apron mount seen on this commode. The commode supplied by Desforges to the duchesse de Richelieu circa 1745-9; the commode attributed to Desforges from the property of a Swiss collector, sold Christie’s, London, 4 July 2013, lot 14 and the magnificent matched pair of commodes veneered in Chinese and Japanese lacquer in the Riahi Collection, sold Christie's, London, 6 December 2012, lot 40, attributable to either BVRB or Desforges, all feature this same apron mount (A. Pradère, Les Ebénistes Français, Paris, 1989, p. 176). Moreover, another comparable example stamped by Carel, with similar parquetry decoration, was sold from the collection of Viscount Abercorn, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1929, lot 118.

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