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A Very Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Lacquer Commodes à l'Anglaise

FRANCE, Circa 1870

REF No. B74701

Stamped to the carcass 'Perreau'. Inventory mark for Château d'Eu.

dimensions

Height :99 cm | 39 in
Width :176 cm | 69¹/₄ in
Depth :51 cm | 20¹/₈ in

description

A Very Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Lacquer Commodes à l'Anglaise.

Stamped to the carcass 'Perreau'.

Each commode has a shallow breakfront marble top above a frieze finely cast with gilt-bronze vitruvian scrolls. Below are two cupboard doors with gilt-bronze frames, inset with fine Japanese lacquer panels, depicting stylised landscape. The cupboard doors are flanked to each side by a pair of open encoignure ends with , marble shelves and mirrored back panels. The commodes are raised on tapering legs with gilt bronze caps.

This important pair of 19th century commodes are related to the important 18th Century example, supplied between 1775 and 1780 together with a pair of matching lacquer consoles, by the famous ébéniste Martin Carlin, for the Marquise de Brunoy.

Seized at the time of the Revolution, the commode was separated from the consoles in 1802, when it was moved to the grand salon of the Premier Consul's apartment at the Palais de St. Cloud. It remained at St. Cloud until 1870, when it was transferred from the Mobilier National to the Louvre, where it remains (Inv.OA5472). The pair of consoles are today in the Petit Trianon.

French, Circa 1870.

Provenance

The Château d'Eu, situated in Normandy, served as the last Royal Estate in France. Since being rebuilt in the 1600s by the Duchy of Guise, it was then held by the House of Orléans until their eventual ascension to the throne, and its adoption as Summer Residence for the last King of France, Louis Philippe I.

Due to this distinguished personage, the château has been a prominent site throughout the most tumultuous moments in recent French history; including The Wars of Religion; the two Frondes, or Civil Wars, of the 17th Century; the French Revolutions and the briefly restored Bourbon Monarchy. Having for centuries housed some of the preeminent collectors of France, ranging from Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans – La Grande Mademoiselle – to Louis Philippe II d'Orléans - Philippe Egalité - the resulting accumulated collection is exceptional. Fortunately demarcated with the inventory mark of an ‘EU’ beneath a crown, these pieces are identifiable today.
 

A Very Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Lacquer Commodes à l'Anglaise







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