This unique walnut wood commode from Tuscany, Italy was produced during the first half of the 19th century. The chest of drawers exhibits a stepped-out front with clean, rectilinear lines, and it has unique hidden storage areas on its sides. Both of the angled sides are small cabinets, which open to reveal three small square drawers with metal pull rings.
The commode rests upon six toupie feet (typically a commode would sit upon four feet). A toupee foot is a type of turned wood foot that resembles a spinning top. On larger pieces such as this, the foot is usually short and compact. Although toupee feet can be found on works of all periods, they are most frequently found on Louis XVI style pieces. This piece has several elements of the Louis XVI design, including deep vertical fluting which taper down from the tops of the side doors. At the top of each vertical groove, are tiny hand carved shell motifs. The sides of the commode feature elongated quatrefoil moldings framed by rectangular moldings.
The chest is in good condition and has rich walnut patina, which we have further embellished by adding a light French wax.
CONDITION: Good antique condition. Minor nicks and losses with old traces of wood worm. No keys.