This elegant French chest of drawers was created during the late Louis XIV or early Regence period, before the asymmetry of Louis XV. The design of the moldings on the facades of the drawers indicate it originates from the Ile-de-France region, in the outskirts of Paris. Each drawer is adorned with bronze sea horse handles, while the center keyhole escutcheons are rocaille motifs.
The entire front of this piece (as well as the drawers themselves) is carved in an “arbalete” form. Known as a crossbow commode, if you look from the top down, the profile mimics that of a crossbow. The side panels are adorned with simple arched moldings, and feet are semi-circular blocks in the front and regular bocks in the rear.
This chest is somewhat smaller than other 18th century commodes, which makes it easier to place. The wood is used is a French oak, which was later cleaned to reveal the grain of the wood. French oak was the preferred wood during the Regence Period.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with small repairs to upper drawers as seen in photos. Stripped at some point (not recently). Age separations and wear commensurate with age and use. Hardware likely not original