A Fine Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Inlaid Commode
A Fine Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Inlaid Commode by Gervais Maximilien Eugène Durand. Stamped to the carcass beneath the marble top...
DimensionsHeight: 100 cm (40 in)
Width: 141 cm (56 in)
Depth: 49 cm (20 in)
A Fine Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Inlaid Commode by Gervais Maximilien Eugène Durand.
Stamped to the carcass beneath the marble top ‘G. DURAND’.
This fine commode has a serpentine-shaped brêche d’Alep marble top above a pair of cupboard doors finely inlaid with a rocaille cartouche containing floral marquetry, opening to a an interior fitted with two adjustable shelves, above a shaped apron centred by a gilt-bronze acanthus and ‘C’-scroll cartouche, the sides with corresponding marquetry panels and the angles enlivened with fine acanthus chutes terminating in lion paw feet.
French, Circa 1880.
Gilt-Bronze and Marquetry
Stamped to the carcass 'G. DURAND'
The Durands were a well known Parisian family of fine furniture makers. The Maison Durand was founded by Maximilien-Eugène Durand (b.1839) who worked at 12 rue de la Carisaie and later at 62 rue Saint-Antoine, and was to execute many state and royal commissions.
Durand was one of the finest craftsmen at the end of the Nineteenth Century in Paris.
The company participated in the 1851 Great Exhibition and the 1899 Exposition Universelle where they were awarded a silver medal.
The Catalogue of the 1851 Great Exhibition makes particular reference to a sideboard displayed by Durand, which it states, ‘in design and execution, may compete with the best that the Exhibition has called forth’, and to an even greater extent a tea and coffee service produced by Durand. It states that, ‘It will be thought by all those who are fortunate enough to get a sight of the most exquisite tea and coffee service, manufactured by M. Durand of Paris, that any work of similar character bought into competition with it will be put to a severe test, so pure is the taste that has designed, and so skilful are the hands that have been engaged in working it out.’
Maximilien-Eugène was joined by his son Frederic Louis Durand around 1890 and thereafter the firm was known as Durand et Fils.