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French fine 18th  Commode by M.Mallerot circa 1720
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Ref : 82175
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Period :
18th century
Artist :
MM
Medium :
Kingwood
Dimensions :
l. 50.79 inch X H. 33.86 inch X P. 25.2 inch
Furniture  - French fine 18th  Commode by M.Mallerot circa 1720 18th century - French fine 18th  Commode by M.Mallerot circa 1720 French Regence - French fine 18th  Commode by M.Mallerot circa 1720 Antiquités - French fine 18th  Commode by M.Mallerot circa 1720
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French fine 18th Commode by M.Mallerot circa 1720

Rare commode called "bridge" opening with four drawers on three rows.
Model with strong curves in plan and in elevation simulating the ancient sarcophagi and the tombs of the Renaissance.
Decor in Indian violet wood veneer affixed in diamond-shaped crimp and inlaid with large brass grooves on the intermediate crosspieces and on the sides.
Rich and important ornamentation of bronze of origin very finely chiseled and gilded: falls to the busts of women known as “Espagnolettes”, drooping handles with howling chimeras, entrances of locks and apron in acanthus scrolls, mustaches in cornucopias, ridges and openwork toe booties.

Original top in royal red marble inlaid with fossils. (glued)

Very good state of conservation with perfect integrity of the frame (conifer) and the interiors of drawers (walnut).

MM * stamp on the two front uprights.

Parisian work from the Regency period (1715-1723) by Michel Mallerot *.

Dimensions:

Width: 129 cm; Height: 86 cm; Depth: 64 cm



* Michel Mallerot (Paris 1675-1753) is a French cabinetmaker active at the end of the reign of Louis XIV, under the regency (1715-1723) and the beginning of the reign of Louis XV.
Although already quoted in 1927 by the account of Salverte (The cabinetmakers of the 18th century) or more recently by Pierre Verlet (French furniture of the 18th century) the stamp "MM" of this cabinetmaker still little known to the general public has just be recently identified and confirmed by the discovery of a handwritten annotation in pencil "M.Mallerot" on a chest of drawers dating from the regency (former Philippe Glédel collection) and bearing this abbreviated stamp.

Our opinion :

The dresser that we are presenting is not a standard model but a prototype offering a much more pronounced curve and tighter legs than the lambda tomb dressers.
This visual effect is due to the absence of a bottom cross member, replaced by the very scalloped cutout in the bottom drawer which simulates a bridge and gives its name to these extremely rare tombs.
The rich bronze ornamentation and the high quality of carving reinforce this feeling of opulence stemming from the purest Regency style in force in Paris at the beginning of the 18th century.
The presence of the still very confidential stamp of Michel Mallerot is a guarantee of quality which could prove to be precious in the future.
Indeed like LSP (Louis Simon Painsun) who was the son-in-law of Etienne Doirat or NB (Nicolas Berthelmi) who was his apprentice, the brand MM was long considered by art historians as being that of 'an apprentice working for Doirat, but we now know that Michel Mallerot and Etienne Doirat who were born the same year (1675) are of the same generation.
If Mallerot's production includes common furniture (D-shaped chest, crossbow, etc.), it also includes more opulent furniture, with outsized dimensions or new shapes showing his creative genius.
In addition to its abbreviated stamp, other award criteria, such as the very neat and atypical character of these assemblies with rear bottoms trapped between two sleepers fitted to the uprights by dovetails, the perfection of the flat surfaces of the tray receiving the marble or the nature of the bronze ornamentation used can now direct us towards this master.
Many productions, in particular the "bridge" dressers, too quickly attributed to Doirat could ultimately come back to him.
Future discoveries will make it possible to know if this master produced only chests of drawers or if one finds his mark on other pieces of furniture and will perhaps make it possible to identify his production under the reign of Louis XIV.
Like the BVRB stamp formally identified in 1957, the double-M mark will highlight Michel Mallerot's production and may be to make him pass from a previously unknown cabinetmaker to the very restricted circle. great French cabinetmakers.

Antiquités Franck Baptiste

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Commode French Regence