A Regence walnut, elm, ebonised, bone and stained fruitwood marquetry and gilt bronze mounted commode in the manner of Hache
Lot 317Y
A Régence walnut, elm, rosewood ebony, ebonised, ivory and stained fruitwood marquetry and gilt-bronze mounted commode In the manner of Hache
Sold for £43,250 (US$ 72,652) inc. premium
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A Régence walnut, elm, rosewood ebony, ebonised, ivory and stained fruitwood marquetry and gilt-bronze mounted commode
In the manner of Hache
The D-shaped top inlaid with an architectural view of a palace with a parterre in the foreground flanked by trees and urns on chequered tilework between scrolling foliate brackets terminating in profile masks, all within multiple banded borders surrounded by four shell spandrels and a similar trefoil motif, the gilt-brass moulded edge above three long conformingly inlaid drawers including rural landscapes with buildings, each drawer with elaborate gilt-brass handles centred by a large mask and leaf-cast escutcheons above a foliate strapwork apron mount, the corners with mask and vine decorated mounts above trelliswork inlay, on paterae and shell decorated scrolling strapwork bracket feet, the sides each with an arched marquetry panel with a view of a church, the back stile feet possibly later, 133cm wide x 69cm deep x 87cm high, (52" wide x 27" deep x 34" high)


  • Provenance: Purchased by Leonard Cunliffe from Harrods Limited, London on January 26th 1914 for £325.

    The elaborate marquetry featuring scrolling foliage terminating in white flowers on ebonised reserve panels, relates closely to a group of commodes associated with the celebrated Grenobloise ébéniste Thomas Hache (1664-1747). Thomas Hache, one of twelve children, became the founder of the Hache dynasty of ébénistes, following his arrival in Grenoble during the latter years of the 17th century. This coincided with his marriage to Michel Chevalier's daughter who had set up a workshop in Grenoble at about the same time. Besides his cabinet-making skills, Hache was also an accomplished businessman who established efficient workshop practices based on division of labour which he may have based on Parisian worshop methods. Thomas Hache's reputation has become synonymous with his furniture of the Régence era which is defined by the use of floral marquetry incorporating indigenous burr-woods. His marquetry also has affinities with the designs of Jean Le Pautre's Abundant Vases d'ornements, published in 1660. Thomas Hache was succeeded by his two sons Pierre and Jean-Francois.

    The particular profile of the offered lot combined with the distinctive front feet mounts also has affinities with recorded commodes by Nicolas Sageot(1666-1731), maître in 1706, executed in Boulle. These include an example almost certainly acquired by Gregory de Ligne Gregory (d. 1854) for Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire, sold Christie's London, 'The Exceptional Sale', 5 July 2012, lot 8 another previously in the collections of the Dukes of Newcastle, sold in the same rooms, London, 16 December 1999, lot 50.

    Related commodes paralleling the combination of elaborate marquetry punctated by ebony or ebonised reserves, interspersed with ivory inlaid flowers are illustrated in P. Rouge, Le génie des Hache, Dijon, 2005, pp. 178-213). Another commode attributed to Thomas Hache, which is notable for its use of characteristic burr-woods and olivewood, is recorded in collection of the musée des Arts Décoratifs, Lyon, illustrated in M. Clerc, Hache Ebénistes A Grenoble, Grenoble, 1997, p. 48, ill. 9. Further comparable commodes attributed to Thomas Hache include examples sold Sotheby's New York, 23 November 2009, lot 77 and Christie's London, 'The Gothick Pavilion - Byron to Beaton', 09 December 2010, lot 102.
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