An en tombeau is a type of commode with three tiers of drawers and short legs. Our walnut wood chest of drawers was hand-carved in Provence, France during the 1700’s and features floral and foliate décor and four pronounced hoof feet.
The shaped top has recessed quarter round molding that slightly overhangs the three stacked drawers beneath. All of the drawers have been carved with sinuous and scrolled molded panels flanking an asymmetrical oval with an inset shield keyplate (one of the shields is missing and the locks have been removed). There is a bronze drop down handle with angular protuberances set inside each of the shaped panels. The drawers are flanked by two curvaceous pilasters with floral and foliate margents. The grace of the pilasters are magnified by the galbe sides, which are formed by asymmetrical panels with recessed molding.
Both the sides and the front have elaborately carved aprons, rife with S-curves and counter curves formed by attenuated leaves. The front apron also has a sprawling vine margent that emanates from a pierced floral cartouche. All three aprons are flanked by hoof feet beneath a foliate carving.
Carved by a master level ebeniste, the 18th century walnut commode en tombeau has a commanding stance with short legs and a wide body. The stoutness is offset beautifully by supple curves and motifs inspired by nature. The commode can be used in any bedroom or wherever extra storage is needed.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor nicks, rubs, and age separations. Traces of old wood worm with fleabites and light losses. The drawer pulls are antique, but not original. One iron keyplate is missing and the locks have been removed.