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    Aveline Chest Of Drawers

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    A commode and matching corner cupboards in mahogany, ebony and ormolu. The commode has a slight breakfront in the middle. The stiles have chamfered angles. The drawers and leaves are in mahogany, framed in ebony and flambé mahogany. The chamfered stiles represent pilasters on an ebony ground. The commode has three drawers on the apron. The breakfront, with three large drawers, is bordered with two leaves opening on to a shelf. It stands on four tapered legs. The superb ormolu ornamentation consists of beaded friezes, egg-and-heart motifs, vertical patterns of acanthus leaves, and the handles of the drawers. The top is in white marble, with a central breakfront and chamfered angles. The corner cupboards are decorated in the same style as the commode. They have a flap and a drawer on the front. There are certain similarities between the commode and corner cupboards by Garnier and the pieces commissioned by the Prince de Condé from the cabinetmaker Jean-François Leleu in 1771 for the Palais Bourbon. Between 1772 and 1777, Leleu delivered to the Prince de Condé two secretaires with a fall-flap, two cylinder desks, seven commodes, two writing tables, twenty-seven card tables and eleven screens. These items of furniture were made in the same style, with chamfered angles imitating a pilaster and ending at the top by a similar vertical pattern in the shape of a large acanthus leaf in ormolu. Similar vertical patterns can only be found on the furniture made by Leleu for the Palais Bourbon and on our commode and corner cupboards. The furniture produced by Leleu for the Palais Bourbon are now in the Louvre, the Château of Versailles, the Wallace Collection and various private collections. As of 1769, the Marquis de Marigny was one of the principal clients of Garnier, especially for his mansion in the Place des Victoires. According to the correspondence between Marigny and Garnier, the cabinetmaker possessed bronze models that he had designed himself. Period : Louis XVI Stamp : P.GARNIER, for Pierre Garnier, received as a Master on 31 December 1742. Bibliography : Alexandre Pradère, Les ébénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Chêne, 1989, pp. 247-251 and pp. 333-341. Size: Commode Height: 103 cm 3 ft 8 1/2 in Width: 174 cm 5 ft 8 1/2 in Depth: 66 cm 2 ft 2 in Corner cupboards Height: 103 cm 3 ft 8 1/2 in Width: 92 cm 3 ft Depth: 60 cm 2 ft


    • Origin : FRANCE
    • Style : Louis XVI
    • Designer : Pierre Garnier

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