Signed NB (Nicolas Berthelmi)
Beginning of the Louis XV Period
Dimensions: H. 34.3 x W. 57.8 x D. 26.4 inches
(H. 87.5 x W. 147 x D. 67 cm)
Our commode is named en tombeau because of it being large like a tomb. It distinguishes itself from the large quantity of commodes manufactured between 1730 and 1770 by having a similar style yet differing elements:
- The width is out of the norm.
- The curves are deep and vigorous on the façade and also on the sides which is contrary to the classic style of tomb commodes which are usually straight.
- The ornamentation of the finely chiseled bronzes is opulent. It should also be said that the bronzes that cover the entire corners on the front of the commode are of the finest quality.
- The marquetry which is all in kingwood is a beautiful honey color shown in a decoration known as “butterfly wings” which are in a double frame.
This commode is by Nicolas Berthelmi and was made in the first part of the 18th century. It is in a very good state of conservation and was restored according to the “rules of art” by one of the best Parisian cabinetmakers.
Nicolas Berthelmi is one of the greatest cabinetmakers of the Régence Period and the beginning of the reign of Louis XV. He started working at rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine in Paris in 1731 and became a Master in 1735. He is known for his unique type of Louis XV commodes that are always of very good quality as well as for his vanities in where one is part of the collection of Mrs. Louis Burat.
Pierre Kjellberg « Le mobilier français du XVIIIème siècle, Dictionnaire des ébénistes et des menuisiers », Les éditions de l’amateur.
Price : on request