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Large Crossbow Commode Signed FG (François Garnier)
Large Crossbow Commode Signed FG (François Garnier) - Furniture Style Louis XV
Ref : 72867
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Period :
18th century
Artist :
François Garnier
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Kingwood; walnut; Rance de Belgique marble
Dimensions :
l. 58.27 inch X H. 33.86 inch X P. 24.8 inch
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Large Crossbow Commode Signed FG (François Garnier)

Beginning of the Louis XV Period
Dimensions: H. 33.8 x W. 58.2 x D. 24.8 inches

This kingwood plated large crossbow commode has three rows and a total of five drawers that open towards the front. They are separated by visible chevron patterned traverses. A “triple frame” adorns the drawers around the handles. The handles are composed of two putti that are slaying dragons with the help of a bow and arrow that one putto is holding, and the other putto is brandishing a spear. The sides of the commode are flared with a slight protrusion towards the back and have a geometric decoration of a vertical rhombus in a “double frame”. Also, the corners of the commode are pinched.
The commode is rich in bronze ornamentation that is finely chiseled, regilded, and adorned with acanthus leaves there are interlaced with ribboned bulrush that can be found on the keyholes, handles, corners, and feet. The commode is topped off with a Rance de Belgique marble.

This work of art is signed FG for François Garnier. The inside of the drawers is made out of walnut.

Cabinetmaker:
François Garnier was a cabinetmaker during the Régence and at the beginning of the reign of Louis XV. He worked on rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine in Paris. His signature is one of the few signatures during the early years of the 18th century because stamping works of art was not yet something that was commonly done. At the end of Garnier’s life (1742-1744), his great fame resulted in him being made a juror in the community of carpenters-cabinetmakers. He was given the power to be able to grant others in his community the status of master and to be a part of the jury like he was. A crossbow commode that is also signed FG but is of lesser quality than ours is kept in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, (with the incorrect name “commode tombeau”).

Museum:
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris

Bibliography:
Pierre Kjellberg « Le mobilier français du XVIIIème siècle, Dictionnaire des ébénistes et des menuisiers », Les éditions de l’amateur.

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CATALOGUE

Commode Louis XV