This is a rare mouvementée shaped commode plated in satin wood and kingwood. It has three drawers on two rows that open towards the front and are separated by ornamented crosspieces. The crosspieces are made out of large brass grooves. The sides widen towards the back creating more volume. The marquetry is a geometric decoration which adorns the entirety of the commode. The apron follows the shape of the commode on front as well as on the sides. It stands on four curved legs and is topped with a beautiful red marble from the Pyrénées.
This commode is replicated on page 358 in the book L’Art et la manière des Maîtres Ebénistes français du XVIIIème siècle by Jean Nicolay, who attributes our commode to the highly talented cabinetmaker Brice PERIDIEZ. It has the stamp of the art dealer Pierre II Migeon. In order to meet the high demand of his prestigious customers, Migeon would entrust the greatest cabinetmakers, including Brice Peridiez, to do some of his commissions.
The ornamentation of the bronzes is unusual. They are openwork and baroque, therefore it was probably commissioned from a German bronzemaker when designing the commode. The bronzes are of exceptional skill and extremely finely carved, which adapts perfectly to the commode. One can admire the wreathed and hollow handles which are embedded with twirling roses and have delicate keyholes. The corners of the commode are openwork and have a lace-like decoration with a motif of flowers and foliage. There is also a heart and feathers. Lastly, the four curved feet are richly decorated in the form of slippers.
Pierre II Migeon, son of Pierre I Migeon.
He belonged to the great dynasty of cabinetmakers who worked for the Crown. Pierre II was the most famous out of all of them. He took over his family workshop that was located at rue de Charenton. In 1740, he received orders from the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne and the Menus-Plaisirs. He benefitted from the protection of the Marquise de Pompadour. Like his father, his clients were aristocrats.
Migeon’s stamp guaranteed the highest quality.
- L’Art et la manière des Maîtres Ebénistes français du XVIIIème siècle de Jean Nicolay, reproduite p. 358 ;
- Le Mobilier français du XVIIIème siècle, Pierre Kjelleberg, p. 636-638
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