19th Century, Pair of French Chinoiserie Lacquered Commodes with Marble Top
Dimensions: marble top: back side cm 98, front side cm 82 x depth cm 53 x height 3. Overall height of the furniture cm 82,5. Wood structure: back side 93,5 cm, front side 82 cm
The fine pair of commodes was made in France in the second half of the 19th century. The wood commodes have a soft and roundish line, with slightly wavy forehead and four thin, though stable, legs gently curved. The furniture, with two drawers, and with moulded marble top, are in black lacquer with Chinoiserie decorations. On the front, the original bronzes, finely chiselled and gilded, create a beautiful ovoid frame with phytomorphic ornaments. The inclusion of the drawer handles inside the bronze frame is a particular refinement. In gilded bronze are also the angles on the front and the sabots on the front feet.
The lacquer decorations, with scenes in chinoiserie, are made by means of a refined carving of the wooden surface at the expense of figures, thus obtaining a low bottom. Then, the figures are lacquered with polychrome colors. The scenes depicted on the two front drawers, as well as on the side drawers, are all different. The attention to detail of these commodes can also be appreciated at the opening of the drawers: the thickness of the wood of the front is in fact paved in bois de rose, with the grain placed crosswise, giving elegance to the furniture even during use.
The presence in pairs, as well as the reduced size, makes these dressers quite rare; moreover, the black lacquer finish gives the furniture a strong adaptability both in environments with modern taste furnishings and next to antique furniture. They can be placed in pairs and close together or leaned against two specular walls, placed in a room, a study or an entrance.
In a good state of conservation, we report an old restoration of a fracture of one of the marble floors.