There is a lot of movement on all three sides of this commode. The two drawers open towards the front and have no visible “traverse”. The commode is decorated with a floral marquetry which has a background that is in tulipwood and is framed by amaranth wood. The two front facing corners are pinched and the feet are vigorously curved towards the front. It is richly adorned with chiseled bronze ornamentation including: on the corners, a thin line that underlines the apron and front legs of the commode, the handles, feet, keyholes, and the apron. The commode is topped off with a gray Saint-Anne marble.
The commode was made in Paris and attributed to Pierre Roussel, who became a master in 1745.
Pierre Roussel (1723-1782), becomes a master August 21, 1745.
Skilled in marquetry, he is a reputed cabinetmaker that left behind an abundance of diverse and excellent quality furniture. His work continues to this day to be the most sought after.
Son of a fellow cabinetmaker, Pierre Roussel will open up his shop in Paris, L’image de Saint-Pierre, on Rue de Charenton. He will quickly gain great notoriety. He provides furniture to the Prince de Condé for the Palais-Bourbon and the château de Chantilly. He will also work for his fellow cabinetmaker colleague, who is an art dealer as well, Pierre Migeon.
His commodes can be characterized by the luxurious ornamentation and the generous use of bronze.
Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe siècle, Pierre Kjelleberg, Les Editions de l’Amateur
Les Ebénistes du XVIIIe siècle, Comte F. de Salverte, Edition F. de Nobele, Paris 1975
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