Beautiful small chest of drawers in amaranth veneer opening by three drawers in front. Curved model in front and on the sides.
The intermediate cross pieces are darkened with large brass flutes.
Beautiful original ornamentation in gilt bronze, including knobs, large entries of locks, falls with women's heads, foot protectors with flowers, stylized acanthus lamp base.
Frame in resinous wood, inside drawers in elm.
Original top in red marble from Belgium (restorations).
Stamp " E. Doirat "* on the upper floor.
Work of Etienne Doirat, Paris Regency period, circa 1720.
Width : 83 cm ; depth : 45 cm ; height : 81 cm.
Our opinion :
The chest of drawers we present has a precious "lie de vin" color, and a pure line that is characteristic of the productions of one of the greatest cabinetmakers of the Regency period, Etienne Doirat. Although at first glance it may seem very sober, it is nonetheless a luxurious model, with a veneer of precious wood, brass fluting, and a rich ornamentation of bronzes characteristic of the master, as cast by Etienne Doirat himself. Its small size and its perfect original condition make it a rather rare model on the market.
*Born in 1675 and died in 1732 in Paris, Etienne Doirat obtained his master's degree in the early years of the XVIIIth century. He worked all his life on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine for a rich French and foreign clientele.
Often of sublime character, his furniture is mostly in the Regency style. Chests of drawers are the main part of his production. An inventory drawn up on July the 14th, 1732 mentions a large number of them, "en tombeau" or "à la Régence", but also some large bookcases, cupboards, secretaries, regulators and various models of game tables or salon tables.
These pieces of furniture are frequently made of amaranth or violet wood, veneered in leaves or inlaid with squares. Doirat uses massively bronzes and of good quality - made by collaborators founders and chiselers - where traditional elements such as the mascarons of the Louis the XIVth period answer to the Regency women’s busts, or "espagnolettes", or to the various patterns in a typically Rocaille style. He sometimes adorns the front of his chests of drawers without crossbeam with a large bronze cartouche that his successors largely take up later. In this field, Doirat is one of the great creators of decorative formulas and techniques - pride of Parisian cabinet making under the reign of Louis the XVth.
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