Rare Mazarine Commode in red Saint-Martin wood, convex on the front and opening with three rows of drawers.
Very beautiful original state of the woods, tray, feet, front and sides, all of massive Saint-Martin, waxed finish retaining the original patina.
Cast brass trim and original iron locks.
Landerneau - First third of the 18th century.
With height only 79 cm, this Commode is low, and as we like to see Louis XIV Commodes. Its wide drawers where are interposed fine crossbars and its four feet "Mararin" punctuated with hooves end "to sit" the furniture and give it all its nobility. But above all the presence of the four jambs in Mazarin foot (extremely rare on a non-flat dresser) delicately carved (floret from which escapes a floral fall, shell with double valve and facing volutes, tinged and ribbed acanthus drop, natural shell, astragal hoof and ribs) gives it a supreme refinement and distinguishes it as one of those ceremonial furniture formerly furnished with the mansions of the rich merchants of Landerneau. Note that the tray, consisting of a large plank and its wide frame mounted miter cuts, is molded on the entire periphery of a bec-de-corbin wedding forms of the dresser. This detail, the rear Mazarin legs with 45 degree offset and the back molded and waxed (see last photograph) make us think of a chest of drawers. The sides are smooth and said "mirrors", they are made of three planks left straight at the base, always in the spirit of the Grand Siècle. The dresser opens with three drawers in three rows, the upper drawer sliding directly under the tray. They are adorned with pull handles and entries of Malouine locks in cast brass.
The red Saint-Martin wood (also exists the yellow and white varieties) is an exotic wood from the West Indies and more precisely the Caribbean (that used for the port furniture certainly comes from Guyana) of red-brown color. It is a wood as hard as decorative that we sometimes meet, although it is very rare, on port furniture (it is also mentioned in the list of exotic wood Malfoy). For our part, we had met only once, and it was on the most exceptional dresser Nantes that we bought in the past, which leaves us to think, at the sight of this new dresser, that it was actually considered from the eighteenth century as a most valuable wood.
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