This is a wonderful example of a Lyonnaise Louis XV walnut wood commode constructed by a country cabinetmaker. The light color of the French walnut is a result of a bleaching process that removes the old stain and gives the piece a fresh and versatile look, all while retaining its form and carved details. The front facade has been discreetly bowed, capturing the elegance of the Lyon style. It has rocaille motifs masterfully carved out of the wood . The sides of the commode have simple, indented vertical panels. The rocaille bronze hardware has recently been cleaned and makes a nice contrast to the light colored wood.
All three drawers exhibit similar French Louis XV rococo foliate ornamentation on the sides and in the center. However, each drawer shows smalls unique differences in the carvings, adding interest to the overall rectilinear form of the commode. The recent bleached finish allows one to appreciate the large old dowel construction and character of a piece that is roughly 260 years old. Today, as it was in the 18th century, the commode is one of the most coveted pieces of furniture, taking its place in the living area or bedroom.
CONDITION: Bleached finish with repairs to back leg. Old wood separations, minor nicks and losses throughout. Marks to top as seen in photos.