Featuring Rococo elements from the period of Louis XV, this walnut commode was hand-carved in Arles, France, during the 18th century. The chest of drawers is quite unusual in that it is only 36 inches wide, and the facades have subtle curves, whereas most Louis XV furniture with a bombé front and galbé sides typically have more severe slopes.
The top has been carved with a recessed quarter round edge and a chamfered bottom. Both sides have asymmetrical panels with raised molding and a shaped molding beneath. All four legs are cabriole with volute scrolled feet. The front legs are adorned with a large foliate roquillard near the feet, matching the elaborate curled leaves and scrolls of the pierced front apron.
Just above the highly shaped apron are two tiers of Rococo style drawers (Rococo was replaced by Neoclassicism in the late 1750’s, putting the production of the commode before 1750, but after 1725). Both drawers have been embellished with the same carvings: a beautiful cartouche of attenuated leaves, scrolls, and curled leaves. A pair of concentric circle pulls flank each side of the cartouche, set inside sinuous cavetto molding.
A beautiful example of Louis XV furniture, our diminutive walnut wood commode from Arles is perfect for any room that needs storage and where space is limited. It would also make a stunning bedside table.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor nicks, age separations, and losses. Very light traces of old wood worm. Old fills and repairs are present, with a recently restored back right foot. The drawer pulls have been replaced at some point. Slight discoloration and water marks to areas of the top.