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Louis XIV commode attributed to Thomas Hache
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Ref : 83837
49 000 €
Period :
18th century
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Rosewood and walnut
Dimensions :
l. 51.97 inch X H. 33.86 inch X P. 27.56 inch
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Louis XIV commode attributed to Thomas Hache

"Louis XIV" commode opening with three rows of drawers inlaid with rich rosewood friezes on the top and front, and in walnut on both sides. It rests on four small feet. Visible crosspieces separating the drawers are decorated with copper grooves embellished with gilded bronzes and chiseled foliage. The chest of drawers has an apron also decorated with a gilded bronze representing Ceres. The sides also have a large mask of Ceres. The uprights framing the facade are decorated with copper fluting surmounted by lily-of-the-valley garlands, themselves surmounted by a bust of a young woman, and ending with console windings embellished with bronzes. The chest of drawers is also furnished with gilded bronzes and chiseled in keyhole with sphinxes, in mobile pull handles, and on the four small feet.
The chest of drawers is topped by an inlaid top with geometric decorations.
Around 1715-1720
Attributed to cabinet maker Thomas Hache.
Usual restorations
H. 86 x L. 132 x D. 70 cm

The chest of drawers that we are presenting today is of remarkable quality due to the luxurious materials used, the marquetry patterns but also certain details of the form. This is one of the cabinetmaker's finest models to whom we attribute it without hesitation. Thus, this chest of drawers is certainly by the hand of the famous Grenoble cabinetmaker Thomas Hache. Indeed, several elements allow us to make this hypothesis.
First of all, we will mention the gilded bronze trim, an essential element in the recognition of the work of this cabinetmaker. Whether it is the keyhole with the sphinxes, the movable falling handles, the mask of Ceres in apron (recognizable by the braids tied in front of the neck) or the lily of the valley garlands topped with the bust of a young woman, these are characteristic elements his work.

Regarding the form, this chest of drawers is typical of Thomas Hache's production. The latter produced two types of dressers: "Mazarine dressers" and "Louis XIV dressers". The work that we present is part of the second category. This was carried out under the Regency. It differs from the mazarine chest of drawers by the two front uprights forming an integral part of the frame. This then makes it possible to offer a gently rounded light facade. The beginning of the 18th century is the beginning of the dresser in France. Distributed quickly, this piece of furniture was then plagued by the most prolific innovations. Many of these dressers present new features that will set the standard model of the dresser. Thus, for collectors most interested in the evolution of furniture, this chest of drawers is an essential. It marks the innovations of craftsmen and the new desires of owners.

Bulging on the front and topped with a wooden top, this chest of drawers is a model well known to the cabinetmaker as we emphasize, inspired by Parisian fashion and inherited from the influence of cabinetmaker Mondon. However, it is essential to emphasize that it is the richest and most luxurious known example in its class. It is all the more exceptional by the simultaneous use of rosewood and walnut, as well as by the use of bronzes on the front, on the sides, on the front and back of the legs, etc.

Sources:
- Rouge (Pierre and Françoise), Le genie des Hache, Editions Faton, 2005

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