A curved chest of drawers with a slightly curved front in rosewood veneer in violet wood frames, opening by two drawers without crossbars and resting on four curved legs. Rich chased and gilded bronze ornamentation such as scraps, hooves, frame rods, spandrels, apron, lock entries and draw handles in violin cartridge (restorations, added veneer, small lacks, gilding wear). Attributed to Gilles JOUBERT, received master before 1743.
Louis XV period.
Red Morello cherry marble top.
High. Eighty-three centimeters. - Width: 102 cm. - Depth: 63 cm.
The attribution of our chest of drawers is based on the analysis of Joubert's characteristic gilded bronze trim: The central cartouche found on several of his chests of drawers: - The chest of drawers for the Pavillon de la Muette, delivered in 1754, stamped Criard, coll. particulière. - The chest of drawers of the bedroom of King Louis XV in Fontainebleau, delivered in 1754, private collection. - The pair of chests of drawers for Queen Marie Leczinska's bedroom in Fontainebleau, delivered in 1755, Wallace Collection. The frame rod made of reed rods is similar to that of : - The chest of drawers with leaves for Madame Sophie in Versailles, delivered in 1767, Versailles Palace. - The three chests of drawers for the castle of Saint-Hubert, delivered by Riesener in 1783, private collection. The spandrels are similar to those of the pair of chests of drawers in Queen Marie Leczinska's chamber in Fontainebleau, delivered in 1755. The apron and side cartridges are similar to those of the chest of drawers delivered for the pavilion of La Muette in 1754. Gilles Joubert, cabinetmaker supplier of the Garde-Meuble royal from 1751 to 1775, he was the ordinary cabinetmaker of the Garde-Meuble in 1758 and in 1763, with the death of Oeben, the king's cabinetmaker. His first deliveries for the Garde-Meuble date from 1748, but it was not until 1751 that he became the main supplier to the crown. In twenty-six years, Joubert delivered 4,000 pieces of furniture for the crown and in order to meet this very large volume of orders subcontracted many of them to his colleagues, in particular Criard, RVLC and Marchand. Bibliography: - Verlet Pierre, Le Mobilier Royal Français, éditions Picard, T. II, pp. 76 to 79, T. III, 117 to 123, T. IV, pp. 44 to 47 and pp. 55 to 57. - Pradère Alexandre, Les Ebénistes Français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, éditions Chène, p. 208 to 219 and p. 222 to 227.
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