Hand-carved, circa 1730, this commode is from the Regence period of France. The walnut and oak wood was assembled using round dowel construction and dovetail joinery, both becoming more visible after the wood was bleached. This process gives the furniture added character, offering contrasting wood grains and color to the well-carved chest of drawers.
Considered an en tombeau, our commode has short legs and three rows of drawers, both characteristics of Regence. Another hallmark of this period is the galbé sides, in this case comprised of two rectangular panels separated by a slender horizontal board. The side aprons are shaped, mirroring the front, which is adorned with a central foliate and cabochon cartouche.
All four legs are blocked, while the front are splayed with foliate details. These legs transition seamlessly into sinuous pilasters topped by a scalloped shell with a scrolled medallion at the center bulge. Nestled between these supports are three rows of drawers, consisting of two full-length drawers stacked beneath a pair of half-drawers that flank a small panel festooned with an asymmetrical foliate bronze mount. Similar Rococo-style keyplates are seen on the full drawers, each surrounded by a distinct cartouche. All drawers have bronze drop down handles with mascarons wearing hats above curled leaves. Our 18th century walnut and oak Regence commode will make a beautiful addition to any bedroom or living room.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor losses and traces of old wood worm, both commensurate with age and use. Old fills and repairs with one leg restored recently. The original finish was removed at some point, revealing light stains to the top. The hardware is not original, but still antique with slight verdigris in some areas. No key.