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Chest of drawers with sticks and scraps of flowers in satin and amaranth wood, with an eventful shape on the front and sides, opening with three drawers, top in Breche d'Aleppo marble resting on curved uprights with arched feet; beautiful ornamentation of gilded bronzes marked with the crowned c (1745-1749); (the bottom of the piece of furniture replaced at a later date). By Charles Cressent (1685-1768). Louis XV period, circa 1730.H: 89 cm, W: 129 cm, D: 66.5 cm Bibliography:A. Pradère, Charles Cressent, Dijon, 2003, cat. no. 140, p. 284 (ill.). Provenance:Ancienne galerie Fabre, Paris.In the very precise nomenclature established by the cabinetmaker's monograph, Alexandre Pradère describes this model as a chest of drawers with sticks and falling flowers. It corresponds to a variant of the famous palm chest of drawers. The prototype of this chest of drawers and the oldest example seems to be the chest of drawers of the old Machault d'Arnouville collection (château de Thoiry). Our chest of drawers belongs to this series dating from the 1730s (Pradère, op. cit., p. 165) and whose corners are decorated with mosaic scraps. The crossbow handles of the upper drawer are, like the Machault chest of drawers and all the furniture in this group (notably those from the former Eugène Kraemer collection sold in 1913 and then sold at Christie's in London on 4 December 2014, lot 131, see illustration), treated independently of the crozier, unlike the later examples in the second group for which they are an extension of the crosier. The presence of the crowned C must obviously be explained by a marketing between 1745 and 1749.

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France - 75009 - paris
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