Beautiful "D" shaped chest of drawers, opening with four drawers in three rows on the front.
It is veneered with precious wood, mostly with a luxurious olive tree burl with shimmering grain, treated in wood grain and end grain, as well as violet wood, cherry wood and boxwood fillets.
The facade is decorated with rectangular reserves centered on a multi-lobed reserve in violet wood.
The sides are embellished with diamonds.
The rich top is bordered by an end-grain ingot mold as are the spandrels and the central circular frieze.
It has an intricate geometric decoration with a quadriolobed reserve in the center, made of veneer in butterfly wings.
Good state of conservation.
Work of the Dauphiné from the end of the Louis XIV period around 1710.
Width: 129.5 cm; Depth: 64.5 cm; Height: 82cm
Our opinion :
The "D" chests of drawers are among the very first chests of drawers made in France under the reign of Louis XIV, from the end of the 17th century.
Their decors, very sober, are inspired by Dutch productions, often made by Protestant cabinetmakers who were very eager for native wood, in accordance with the great precepts of the Reformed religion.
The magnifying glasses of the Alps reached at this time a great fame, which will be maintained by cabinet makers like Pierre Gole, Aubertin Gaudron and of course Thomas Hache, who will make school in the region.
The quality of these burls is unrivaled, so much their grain is tormented and their maximum densities, in part thanks to the cold which slows down the growth of the trees.
The olive tree is a tree that fears frost and grows only in the Mediterranean climate, it cannot thrive in open ground in the north of the region of Valencia.
It is in this region, included in Nyons and Gap, that we will find olive trees with longer growth, which will give a softer oil.
Thousands of these trees will perish during the great winter of 1709 and will be recovered by the craftsmen of Dauphiné to make furniture.
These pieces of furniture will be very successful, in particular thanks to this very hard wood, offering a very luminous polish, but in addition to the decorative qualities of the olive tree, it is above all its symbolism, peace, reconciliation and hope, which will be at the origin of this success among the elite of Huguenot society.
Recall that following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, King Louis XIV will wage a merciless war against the Protestants.
This repression will be massive from the years 1703-1704, with the brutal Cévennes and bloody actions against the populations of Dauphiné and Languedoc which constituted the breeding ground of the reformed religion in France.
14 800 €