A fine Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted acajou moucheté and ebonized commode "aux tourterelles" after a model by J. Stockel and G. Benneman fourth quarter 19th century
The stepped Carrara marble top above a frieze drawer and three cabinet doors. height 37 3/4in (96cm); width 77in (195.5cm); depth 28in (71cm)
The present commode was inspired by a famous model which is today part of the collection of the Louvre. Begun by Joseph Stockel for the Comte de Provence but never completed, it was purchased by the Royal Garde-meuble in 1786 and given to Guillaume Benneman to complete. Initially in Louis XVI's bedroom at the Château de Compiègne, that commode also served Napoleon I, Louis XVIII (the former Comte de Provence, for whom it was originally made), Charles X and Louis-Philippe. Exhibited for years in the Palais des Tuileries, that commode was immensely popular throughout the second half of the 19th century and spawned numerous copies.
Please note that the central bronze mount has been removed to reveal the stamp on its reverse: BY for Beurdeley.
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