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an ormolu-mounted bois satine and amaranth commode
an ormolu-mounted bois satine and amaranth commode


an ormolu-mounted bois satine and amaranth commode
Late 19th Century
The moulded eared rectangular grey-veined white marble top above an egg-and-dart border and two frieze drawers mounted with ribbon-tied oak leaves, above a pair of doors with an arched panel centred by a shield with a Medusa mask, surrounded by armorial trophies and oak leaves and berried laurel leaves, the shaped corners with acanthus clasps centred by flower-heads, enclosing a fitted interior with six slides, flanked by fasces angles, the curved sides with conforming frieze mounts, above a rectangular panel framed by beading and mille-raie borders, above a panelled border mounted with overlapping leaves, on hairy paw and bun feet
94cm. high x 190cm. wide x 67cm. deep

Lot Essay

This commode is a reproduction of the magnificent commode stamped by Guillaume Beneman (maître in 1785) and Joseph Stöckel (maître in 1775), which was supplied to the Cabinet du Conseil of the Château de Compiègne in 1787, and is presently in the Château de Fontainebleau. It was executed by Stöckel and originally had a rectangular outline. The commode was subsequently altered in 1786 and 1787, when the ball feet were added and the sides re-shaped through the intervention of Beneman, who also applied his stamp. (P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Franais du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1989, pp. 58-59)
The example at Kasteel de Haar does not appear on any of the early 20th Century photographs of the principal reception rooms and has always had a rather inconspicuous position in the secretariat on the first floor. It was probably originally used to to furnish the Van Zuylens Paris residence, just like the commodes offered as lots 40-42, and came to De Haar at a later date.

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