A gilt bronze-mounted rosewood and mahogany semi-circular commode, Banded and strung with boxwood, the brêche d’alep marble top above three long drawers on square tapering legs.
Date: early 20th century, in Louis XV style
Measurements: 32″ T x 30″ W x 16″ D
This is based on French designs of the late 18th century, in the Louis XVI style. Louis XVI (1754 –1793) was King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1791, before his deposition and execution during the French Revolution. His father, Louis, Dauphin of France, was the son and heir apparent of Louis XV of France. Due to the Dauphin’s death in 1765, Louis succeeded his grandfather in 1774. The predominant style in architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts was Neoclassicism, a style that had come into its own during the last years of Louis XV’s life, chiefly as a reaction to the excesses of the Rococo but partly through the popularity of the excavations at ancient Herculaneum and Pompeii, in Italy, and partly on the basis of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s call for “natural” virtue and honest sentiment.