25 November 2003
A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED SCARLET AND GILT-JAPANNED COMMODE
Mid-18th Century, stamped L. FOUREAU JME, redecorated and possibly originally veneered, probably remounted
The serpentine brèche d'Alep marble top over a conforming case fitted with a pair of drawers on cabriole legs, decorated overall with chinoiserie scenes
35in. (89cm.) high, 43½in. (110.5cm.) wide, 21½in. (54.5cm.) deep
Mrs. Sidney A. Mitchell, Paris and New York.
Acquired from Provence Antiques, New York, 1974 ($14,000).
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Louis Foureau, maître in 1755.
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