VERY BEAUTIFUL AND RARE COMMODITY, stamped M. CRIAERD FOR MATHIEU CRIAERD, REGIONAL PERIOD of
moving form, in amaranth veneer inlaid with leaf decorated with framing nets. It opens with four drawers on three rows.
Rich gilded bronze trim such as framing nets, drop handles with radiant staples, cartridge lock entries, stylized rockery falls, fins, men's masks with foliated scrolls. Diced clogs of roquillard leaves. Rounded uprights, arched legs, top in red Griotte marble from Belloc in the Pyrénées-Orientales.
(Restorations of use, minor accidents and lack of use
)Rare chest of drawers stamped M. Criaerd, French Regency period.
HEIGHT 86 CM - WIDTH
146 CM - PROF. 66 CM - 33 7/8 X 57 1/2 X 26 IN. ProvenanceVente
Ader-Picard-Tajan, 2 April 1987, lot no
. 128 BibliographyOur
chest of drawers is described and illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le mobilier français du XVIIIe siècle, dictionaries des ébénistes et des caruisiers, Les Editions de l'amateur, 1989, Paris, pp. 215-219
. Mathieu Criaerd (1689-1776), received as master cabinetmaker in 1738, comes from an important family of cabinet makers in Faubourg Saint-Antoine. He supplies furniture to Jean-François Oeben and several merchant merchants including Thomas-Joachim Hébert. His career seemed to have prospered, as evidenced by his dowry and donations of £6,000 to his two sons, Antoine Mathieu and Sébastien Mathieu (4) in 1748 and 1761. It is probably thanks to his close ties with the great Merchant Merchant Thomas-Joachim Hébert, supplier of the Crown Storage Facility, that his company is developing. Between 1755 and 1765, he collaborated with Gilles Joubert, Hébert's successor. Many of her creations have been delivered to members of the royal family and the aristocracy, including the chest of drawers of the Dauphin's interior cabinet at Versailles (Château de Versailles, inv. V4948) or the wonderful commodes and corners of the Countess de Mailly's blue room at the Château de Choisy (Musée du Louvre, inv. OA 11292 and OA 9533).
The balance of the proportions of our chest of drawers, the strength and quality of its finely chiseled bronzes, the grace and fluidity of the design of its contours are representative of the aesthetics of a major work of the Master Cabinetmaker.