This commode, modelled from the celebrated, commode à encoignures, which was commissioned by Louis XVI and delivered in November 1775 by Jean-Henri Riesener (maiître 1768). He was appointed ébéniste du Roi in July 1774. At a cost of 28,268 livres, it was one of the most expensive pieces purchased by the crown.
The large caryatid figures represent Hercules, Mars, Prudence and Temperance. Originally the central panel was decorated with a figure of Minerva and flanked by the monograms of the King and Queen, the two cupids (symbolising Justice and Temperance) gaze. The panel was replaced during the revoultion most probably by Riesener, acting on government instructions, as well as the globe with the fleur de lys, which was then later replaced.
It is now in the Musée du Condé, Chantilly, near Paris.