Beginning of the Louis XV period
Dimensions: H. 87 x W. 138.5 x D. 63.5 cm
Rare high chest of drawers on legs called "sauteuse" from the beginning of the Louis XV period. The moving front opens with three drawers on only two rows. Around 1730, the taste of the time is to lighten the chests of drawers traditionally opening three rows of drawers. The removal of the lower row of drawers will boost the line of chests, and put forward a more accomplished work on the legs, belts and aprons. This chest of drawers is one of the first models of this type. The structure is in oak and the drawers in walnut, which confirms a French work circa 1730.
Note the moving sides ending with a projection: they also enhance elegance by reducing the width of the façade while maintaining a large dimension at the back. This principle is also very innovative for the time. The marquetry, still of Regency inspiration, is superb: multiple rectangular reserves frame geometrical motifs made in precious woods, satin and violet wood. The power of the regency is underlying with the two wide horizontal grooves that underline the drawers and structure the whole. Note the gilded bronze drop handles which confirm the period of the very beginning of Louis XV, these handles being replaced by fixed models as early as 1740.
The uprights are extended by four curved legs: at the front, the line is taut and the inside faces lightened. At the rear, the more balanced curve extends the cut-out of the side belts and takes up the power of the previous reign.
The marble is magnificent. Coming from Languedoc or Italy and without any doubt of origin, it is a rare vein, shaded with brown and purple.
The ornamentation of the bronzes is as sumptuous as it is astonishing: It is undoubtedly a Franco-German collaboration which was born at the beginning of the 18th century to give rise to the excellence of French furniture. The repertoire of these bronzes is more baroque than what we are given to see in general. The scraps in particular, openwork like lace, cover a large part of the top of the uprights. The clogs and the apron are rich and unique models. The entrances of locks, rosettes and handles are totally openwork and are an exceptional work. The chiseling is very accomplished for this period, and the gilding with mercury in a rare freshness.
This chest of drawers is reproduced on page 358 in the book "L'Art et la manière des Maîtres Ebénistes français du XVIIIème siècle" by Jean Nicolay, who attributes it to the cabinetmaker Brice PERIDIEZ. It bears the mark of the merchant Pierre II Migeon who, in order to meet the demand of his prestigious clients, had the greatest cabinetmakers, including Brice Peridiez, work on it. The absence of Peridiez's stamp can be explained in two ways: We date this chest of drawers around 1730 whereas Peridiez only obtained his title in 1738. Moreover, the stamp, a tax established by Louis XV, only became compulsory in 1743.
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