This rare chest of drawers, curved in plan and in elevation, opening with four drawers on three rows, called "en tombeau" or "à la Régence", is part of a much smaller group of chests of drawers called "à pont" and "à moustaches", with moreover an attachment of the corner falls placed very low recalling the sarcophagus models, and finally in the even more confidential circle of chests of drawers made by the unit.
It is topped with a Royal Red marble molded with a beak of corbels and adorned with an ornamentation of chiseled and gilded bronzes of great quality: espagnolettes, keyholes with leaning sphinxes, mascaron with smiling Bacchus, espagnolettes with empanelled female masks, hoofs stretched with acanthus leaves and finally horns of plenty. We find the low lines and, in the form of brass flutes, the horizontal divisions of the Louis XIV style, in front under each row of drawers and on the side at the level of the upper row. Of course, we note the very unusual double arch of the lower drawer, an inventive trompe l'oeil form of two equal drawers in arch.
The greatest rarity of this chest of drawers is the wood with which it is entirely veneered, in leaves on the frame, in curls on the drawers and the sides, a wood with a charming name that one rarely encounters, and even more rarely on the whole of a chest of drawers: the bois d'amourette.
Amourette wood, or letter wood, speckled letter or snake wood in Guyana (but not to be confused with real snake wood from Brazil) and palo de oro, leopard wood ... is a precious Guyanese wood of the Moraceae family which owes its name to its mottled or tiger-like appearance of black on reddish-brown tone reminiscent of a leopard or snake skin. This very dense wood (it does not float) is particularly heavy and hard, with a strong distressing effect, which does not prevent it from being brought to a splendid lustre.
The frame of the chest of drawers is typical of the most beautiful models of the Regency period, in quality conifer for the most part, but in walnut for the drawers finely mounted in recess. Also noteworthy is the pretty pale pink wash covering the darker areas of the cabinet, typical of the Regency period.
This chest of drawers is in a rare original condition (no notable accident to report), with all its period bronzes delicately chiseled and gilded, its original marble with chiselled back edge and water sawed edge as well as its old (and similar) locks operated by a period key, a superb original condition sublimated by a very delicate restoration and a varnish.
Stamped I D for Jacques Denizot at the top of the left front post.
Jacques Denizot (1684 - 1760), is a Parisian cabinetmaker still not well known, as are many of the first Parisian cabinetmakers born at the end of the 17th century and who worked before the use of the stamp, such as Lieutaud and Mallerot that we had the opportunity to mention. He produced mainly Regency and early Louis XV commodes. It is generally agreed that his work is related to that of Etienne Doirat and Noël Gérard.
Parisian work from the end of the Régence period, circa 1725 - 1730.
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