Produced in France, circa 1705, our period Louis XIV commode features rich bronze ornamentation and exceptional parquetry work. Perhaps the most stunning display of the technique is the patterned diamond top, which is surrounded by a quarter round strip of bronze that embellishes the subtle arbalete (“crossbow”) shaped front.
Both sides have identical parquet décor, with a chevron surrounded by rectangular blocks. There is a slightly curved panel between the front façade and each side with a cylindrical recession running vertically. The recessions terminate at the top of the front bracket feet, which are also found in the back. The high-arching feet transition smoothly into the front apron, which is shaped with symmetrical curves.
Like the side panels, the front drawers have chevron parquetry surrounded by square blocks. The three tiers of drawers are stacked with an upper row that consists of two half-drawers. The half-drawers are separated by a rectangular panel adorned with a gadrooned and curled leaf bronze keyplate. Similarly, the full-length drawers also have a center panel embellished with leafy escutcheons, although none of the locks are functioning. Each row of drawers has two sprawling bronze handles consisting of cornucopias erupting with flowers. They are affixed to the drawer fronts by margents of mascarons, fluting, and lozenge backgrounds. A larger mascaron on top of a parted leaf festooned with margents forms the central keyplate. This type of grand and ornate bronze pull was seen on the finest commodes of the late 1600s and early 1700s.
Our Louis XIV commode has multi-colored parquetry panels, ranging from light gold to darker amber. The variegated color scheme is mostly a result of the effect of time and environmental factors such as light exposure. It makes for an attractive and unique commode with character, especially when paired with the extraordinary bronze mounts.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including slight rubs and age separations. Discolored portions are under the sealer. Fleabites and minor losses to wood, with light buildup to the top. Please see photos for details.