This stripped oak commode from 18th century France is considered Transitional. Decorative styles slowly shifted to reflect changes in the monarchy, often taking several decades for new design preferences to become well defined. More specifically, in French culture, Transitional style refers to the gradual change between the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods. Typically, you will see motifs of both periods in Transitional pieces, where Louis XV showcases originality, while Louis XVI features a return to classical Greco-Roman style.
Our handsome stripped oak commode has three ornately carved drawers, each with two brass pulls. The wreath-shaped pulls, often found in Louis XV furniture, are adorned with spiral fluting, beading and rosette medallions. They are surrounded by raised rectangular panels with bead and reel molding (a popular motif in Louis XV). The interior of each panel has been embellished with a foliate festoon, which is a motif seen in Louis XVI pieces.
In between the rectangular panels is a brass lockplate encircled by a raised medallion of beading and roundel. Beneath the medallion is a banner of crinkle ribbon with foliate branches emanating from it. The branches extend upwards, flanking the medallion and a lambrequin that sits on top of the medallion.
The flat front of our commode is indicative of Louis XVI, while the arbalete apron is more in line with Louis XV commodes. The Louis XV era cabriole legs are adorned with scrolls that blend seamlessly into the molding of the apron. The sides of the commode have recessed rectangular panels and the same scrollwork and arbalete molding as the front.
Because it has elements from multiple periods, this highly versatile stripped oak commode can be used in many different style houses.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor nicks and age separations. Traces of old finish. No keys for drawer locks.