Lot 31

Commode à la Régence
96 x 176 x 70.5 cm.
France, 19th century.

Elegant oak body with rosewood veneer and elegant, heavy and overabundant gilt bronze mounting. Via four feet standing in heavy sabots the curved legs merge into the slightly trapezoidal corpus with four drawers sans travers. Between them a régence head. The body moves and bombs. The overhanging marble top following the features of the furniture with applied pearl ribbon decoration (right rear with missing part). A key is present. The furniture can be attributed to François Linke. Marble top rest.

Note:
The present furniture is a copy of the famous chest of drawers which is today attributed to Antoine-Robert Gaudreau (ca. 1682-1746) and is kept in the Wallace Collection, London, in the Small Drawing Room (Inv. No. F85). At least seven copies of the 19th century after this chest of drawers are known there. The original furniture comes from the collection of Monsieur de Selle (auction 19 February 1761, no. 149) and was before that (around 1865) in the collection of Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford and is dated by Hughes to c. 1735-1740; he emphasizes that the furniture can also be seen as a collaboration of Gaudreaus with Sébastien-Antoine Slodtz (1695-1754) and Paul - Ambroise Slodtz (1702-1758). However, an older attribution to Cressent was rejected by both Augarde and Ronfort - the similarity between the chest of drawers in the Wallace Collection and the cabinet of Gaudreaus and the Slodtz brothers, which was delivered on 10 January 1739 for the cabinet intérieur in Versailles for Louis XV, was too great. (see illustration)

Compare:
Further copies of the 19th century chest of drawers have been published as follows:
Christie's, 12 February 1942, lot 131.
A pair of copies in the possession of F. W. H. Loudon of Lye, near Ashford, c. 1964-1967.
Hôtel Drouot, 30 November 1973, lot 104.
Lecoules, 62 rue Taitbout, ill. in: Connaissance Des Arts, April 1975, p. 21.
Sotheby's, 11 November 1981, lot 155.
Phillips, 7 April 1993, lot 26.
Unlike the Commode en Tombeau, this type of furniture only has two rows of drawers on top of each other.

Compare:
For the furniture in the Wallace Collection see: Peter Hughes, The Wallace Collection - Catalogue of Furniture, London 1996, vol. II, p. 847, catalogue number 177 (1240875) (13)


Régence commode

96 x 176 x 70.5 cm.
France, 19th century.

Elegant oak carcase with rosewood veneer and elegant, heavy and opulent bronze mountings. Heavy sabots, curved legs, trapeze shaped body with four sans traverse drawers. Régence head in between the drawers. Projecting marble top following the outline of the commode with applied pearl strapwork (blemish at the back on the right). With one key. The commode is attributed to François Linke. Marble top restored.

Notes:
The present piece of furniture is a copy of a famous commode, today attributed to Antoine-Robert Gaudreau (ca. 1682-1746) and held at the Wallace Collection, London, in the Small Drawing Room (inv. no. F85). At least seven 19th century copies are known. The original commode originates from the collection of Monsieur de Selle (Auction 19 February 1761, no. 149) and then held (c. 1865) at the collection of Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford and is dated to c. 1735-1740 by P. Hughes. Hughes also points out that the commode may be a collaboration between Gaudreau and Sébastien-Antoine Slodtz (1695-1754) and Paul-Ambroise Slodtz (1702-1758). An earlier attribution to Cressent was disregarded as the similarities with the commode held at the Wallace Collection and the cabinet by Gaudreau and the Slodtz Brothers, delivered on 10 January 1739 for the cabinet intérieur in Versailles for Louis XV, are too obvious.

Examples of comparison:
Further copies of the 19th century commode appeared:
Christie's, 12 February 1942, lot 131.
A pair of copies in the possession of des F. W. H. Loudon of Lye, near Ashford, c. 1964 - 1967.
Hôtel Drouot, 30 November 1973, lot 104.
Lecoules, 62 rue Taitbout, ill. in: Connaissance Des Arts, April 1975, p. 21.
Sotheby's, 11 November 1981, lot 155.
Phillips, 7 April 1993, lot 26.
Unlike the Commode en Tombeau this type of commode only features two rows of drawers on top of each other.

Examples of comparison:
Regarding the piece of furniture held at the Wallace Collection see: P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection - Catalogue of Furniture, London 1996, vol. II, p. 847, cat. no. 177.



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