This majestic, bleached walnut commode was hand-carved by an Italian master in Florence, circa 1870. The details of the floral rinceaux, which are dotted with high relief mascarons are of the highest craftsmanship, beautifully eliciting the Renaissance style. Each of the three full-length drawers has a cabochon coat of arms with large foliate whorls emanating from behind it. The two coils next to the central cartouche have floral centers, while the following volutes are adorned with mascaron pulls, each drawer with a different pair of faces.
An overhanging top with quarter round molding sits over a crenellated border, which has a pair of small drawers beneath separated by a large lion mascaron. Both drawers have mascaron pulls set inside an acanthus rinceau. All drawers are flanked by tall vertical pilasters, embellished with a curled acanthus margent punctuated with a mascaron, diminishing roundels, fruits, and linenfold. A shaped shield with a large grotesque is inset on each side and surrounded by thin quarter round molding. The impressive commode is supported by four monopodial lion paw feet beneath a border of infilled gadroon lobes.
The walnut wood has been stripped, giving the chest of drawers a warm golden cream color. Our Renaissance style Florentine commode would make a perfect addition to any bedroom, living room, or library.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor nicks, losses, and age separations. Traces of original finish remain (after stripping) with old wood worm. Professional repair to one foot with old fills and repairs. One key for all three drawers, however not all locks function.