Beautiful chest of drawers opening with two drawers without crossbar.
Curved model on the front and on the sides ; superb decoration in marquetry of inlaid flowers in end grain wood* on rosewood backgrounds arranged in butterfly wings.
The whole is framed by subtle reserves of amaranth delimited by nets, in staples and intertwined à la Grecque.
Beautiful ornamentation of finely chiseled rocaille bronzes, in their original mercury gilding.
Original Brèche d’Alep marble with double mouldings, which perfectly matches the shape of the furniture.
Rare state of conservation.
Two stamps G.H LUTZ and JME.
Parisian work from the Louis XV period around 1760 by Gérard Henri Lutz.*
Width: 98cm ; Height: 85cm ; Depth: 51.5
*End wood : In carpentry or marquetry, end wood corresponds to the cutting of a section of wood into a roundel giving a pattern of veins of equal spacing.
The end grain is therefore sawn perpendicular to the grain or to the fibres, or cut transversely in the log. The section is said to be end grain, as opposed to the long grain.
* Gérard Henri Lutz (1736-1812) is a cabinetmaker from Hanover in Germany, he was received master in Paris on October 10 1766.
In his workshop in the rue des Gravilliers, he makes both Louis XV furniture, even still in the Regency spirit, such as chests of drawers, as well as Transition or Louis XVI works.
He dresses his productions with luxurious veneers in various marquetry, trophies, flowers, vases….
Our opinion :
The chest of drawers that we present is a fine example of the most beautiful marquetry made in Paris in the middle of the 18th century.
It combines the precision of the inlays with a strong contrast, obtained by a play of light and shadow, between rosewood and amaranth.
The luminosity of our chest of drawers is enhanced by a "Brèche d'Alep" marble in soft tones and by rocaille bronzes.
The "stapled acanthus" handles and asymmetrical apron are characteristic of the purest Louis XV style, which reached its peak in the 1750s.
But the presence of "Greek" nets announces the rise of the return to the antique and signs the beginnings of the Louis XVI style, which allows us to date our chest of drawers from the 1760s.
Like most craftsmen from Northern Europe, our cabinetmaker will be an excellent representative of this new style.
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