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Exceptionnal commode with side doors attributed to Etienne Doirat  c.1720
Exceptionnal commode with side doors attributed to Etienne Doirat  c.1720 - Furniture Style French Regence
Ref : 65072
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Period :
18th century
Provenance :
Medium :
Palissander, amaranth, bronze, marble
Dimensions :
l. 64.17 inch X H. 33.07 inch X P. 27.17 inch
Furniture  - Exceptionnal commode with side doors attributed to Etienne Doirat  c.1720
Philippe Delpierre

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Exceptionnal commode with side doors attributed to Etienne Doirat c.1720

This commode with side doors is venereed with palissander and amaranth wood with a pattern of diamant

. Elle présente trois rangs de tiroirs, le rang supérieur étant composé de trois tiroirs dont un à secret, et ouvre par deux vantaux latéraux. Elle est ornée d’une très riche garniture de bronze doré et ciselé à motifs de cadres, masques féminins, poignées feuillagées, sphinges et dépouilles du lion de Némée.
Le plateau est en marbre sarancolin.

The commode

The first commode delivered in the Garde-Meuble in 1693 were called "tables en bureaux", then a marquetery commode was delivered by Gaudron in 1695, called now "bureau" now "table en bureau", this new type of furniture is called commode only in 1717-1720. In march 1718, the palatine princess explained what is a commode: " the gift made by Mrs de Berry to my daughter is charming. She gave her a commode, a commode is a sort of great table with large drawers, with a very beautiful top and gilted ornaments. Inside the drawers you can find all sorts of fashionable things: shawls, coifs, etc…
Beginning 1720's, the commode became a fashionable furniture and will be very quickly a pomp furniture.

The side doors commodes

If most of the commodes are sort of boxes more or less bomb with a changeable number of drawers, ebenists like Cressent introduced changes with opening sidedoors. We can find this construction element on about half of his production and specially on the most important pieces. Other ebenists used this construction as Ch. Cressent, P. Daneau, A. Gaudreaus, G. Joubert.

Bronze catalogue

The bronzes of this commode are typical of the Doirat's work: escutcheons with sphinges, mask of nemean lion


Doirat will be one of the first to eliminate the rail between drawers and so take advantage of the entire front. Doirat has new approach of ebenistery. This atypic commode can be attributed to him for all these reasons.

Etienne Doirat

Son of Joseph Doirat and Michelle Ferlu, sister of a master and merchant ebenist. Maried the 3rd July 1714 with Marguerite Borel, daughter of a craftman, they will have seven children. One of their daughters, Marguerite will be married to the ebenist Louis-Simon Painsun. They lived grande rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, then in 1726 Cour de la Contrescarpe. In 1731, he took a shop rue St Honoré where his daughter and son in law were directors.

Eleven workbenches were in his workshop when he died. His production seems to be very important because we count about 200 pieces finished and unfinished.
We can find in his inventory after death different woods as amaranth, palissander, kingwood, pearwood, cherry-wood. Drawings of his marquetery are simple, most of the time in diamant shape. Some of his pieces anticipate Louis XV style.
The only one client known is Elector Charles Albert de Baviere

Works :
Bamberg : Neue Residenz
Fulda : Château de la Fasanerie
U.S.A : The G.P.Getty Museum à Malibu
The Huntington Library à San Marino
Paris : Musée du Petit Palais, Musée Carnavalet

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