Sale 17CN03 | Lot 344

Transitional Louis XV/XVI Gilt-Metal-Mounted Bois Satiné

Catalogue: English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters

Lot Details

Lot 344
Transitional Louis XV/XVI Gilt-Metal-Mounted Bois Satiné
, Amaranth and Parquetry Commode à la Grecque
Simon Oeben, circa 1765
The breakfronted breccia rossa marble top with molded edge above a conforming case fitted with a guilloche-mounted top drawer over two drawers sans traverse, the stiles headed by rams' heads above pendent husks, the cabriole legs ending in, sabots. Height 30 inches (76.3 cm), width 52 inches (1.32 m), depth 25 1/2 inches (64.7 cm).

Simon Oeben, maître in 1769, and his brother, Jean-François, who was named ébéniste du roi in 1754, married Vandercruse sisters from the famous Parisian cabinet-making family, a tradition of intermarriage that was especially strong in the small Flemish-German cabinet-making community in Paris. The brothers worked together, first at Jean-François's workshop at the Gobelins Royal Manufactories, and afterwards at the Arsenal. The present commode is characteristic of both brothers' very high quality oeuvre, including the cube parquetry and rectangular breakfronted form, known as 'à la qrecque', developed around 1760, as well as the gilt-bronze mounts. Two of their important clients were the Marquise de Pompadour and the Duc de Choiseul, for whom they almost exclusively produced many commodes 'à la grecque'.


C Estate of Anne Marie Aberbach

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Sold for $31,250 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Overall very good condition, marble top possibly associated, age cracks to veneers commensurate with age, minor losses and replacements to veneers, old marks and scratches, age cracks to sides, especially at bottoms.


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Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Sold for $31,250 (includes buyer's premium)

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English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters

Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 10am EDT
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