This bright and clean-lined chest of drawers is known as a Louis Philippe commode. It is an authentic piece, dating to the reign of Louis Philippe, around 1840. It has been constructed of a beautiful, light blonde burled walnut wood veneer, and it has a gray marble top with canted corners and white veining throughout. The commode has a total of five drawers: three large drawers in the center, one built into the lower apron, and one just under the marble top. All 5 drawers are full length and are lined with decorative paper. You will notice that there are no pulls on the drawers: the true period Louis Philippe commodes only operate by inserting and pulling the key to open the drawers. Each keyhole on this piece has an escutcheon which is a simple carved ring of walnut, and the drawers open and slide easily.
Louis Philippe furniture design was far more simple and restrained than during any other period in France. It was very practical and comfortable, which means that today, it’s incredibly versatile. The chest of drawers seen here has a particularly attractive color which is light and easy to work with, but still retains a rich patina. Mix it with any period or style.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor old worming and surface wear. Upper escutcheon re-glued at some point. Drawers open by inserting key and pulling.