Solid walnut chest of drawers opening with two drawers in front.
Curved model in plan as in elevation, on all sides.
The chest of drawers is richly and finely carved, with two Greek reserves decorated with draperies separated by medallions with pearls framed with olive branches for the drawers, a rich crosspiece in "openwork lace" with acanthus scrolls, laurel garlands, oak branches and a medallion including an antique-style cassolette.
The front amounts to rising acanthus leaves and falls of olive branches.
The sides with double panels, with an oval medallion reserve, topped by a molding with triglyphs falls and below the crosspieces finely carved oak branches crisscrossed openwork at their junction.
The chest of drawers is topped with a thick walnut top and rests on four very pronounced snail feet.
Drawing handles and lock entries in bronze cassolettes.
Very good condition, beautiful quality of walnut with a blond patina.
Nîmes work attributable to Pierre Pillot, Transition of the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods around 1770-1780.
Width : 132 cm ; Depth : 66 cm ; Height : 92 cm
Two very similar chests of drawers, one stamped "PILLOT" formerly in our collection. (pictures)
With its "antique" decorative repertoire and its lace crossbar, the chest of drawers we present is attributable to the carpenter Pierre Pillot.
Coming from the seraglio of Parisian carpenters, he did his apprenticeship with Mathieu Bauve before settling in Nîmes around 1770 near the market place, where he worked until 1822.
Obtaining a great reputation very quickly, he realized most of the great sets of woodwork of the castles of Provence.
If beds, sofas, armchairs, chairs and other brackets came out of his workshop, he also proposed furniture, such as cupboards and chests of drawers, freeing himself from the Parisian law on guilds which reserved this type of manufacture to cabinet makers.
We know of a few chests of drawers by his hand, two of which were formerly in our gallery.
Inspired by the Roman monuments of the Gardoise city, he offers us here a perfectly balanced design, combining the fluidity of the lines still Louis XV with the finesse of a decoration of the purest neoclassical style.
This subtle mixture allows him to obtain on the same piece of furniture all the ingredients dear to the Provençal, that is to say the opulence of the form with preserved curves as well as the presence of attributes symbolizing Provence and love.
Our chest of drawers which corresponds to the very first productions of Pierre Pillot represents in our eyes the quintessence of his work and signs the beginning of a fashion which will last until the middle of the 20th century.