A Régence ebonised, sycamore, walnut and kingwood crossbanded floral marquetry Commode en arbalète in the manner of Auburtin Gaudron

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Lot 268
A Régence ebonised, sycamore, walnut and kingwood crossbanded floral marquetry Commode en arbalète
in the manner of Auburtin Gaudron

Sold for £ 26,400 (US$ 34,006) inc. premium
A Régence ebonised, sycamore, walnut and kingwood crossbanded floral marquetry Commode en arbalète
in the manner of Auburtin Gaudron
applied with gilt-metal mounts, the rounded rectangular top with moulded brass edge, inlaid with a central floral spray of a basket of flowers flanked by birds with arabesque scrolls, acanthus leaves, insects and grotesque masks, above three long drawers similarly inlaid, the sides profusely inlaid with a variety of flowers issuing from vases, on shaped bracket feet, 131cm wide, 69cm deep, 82cm high

Footnotes

  • The above commode is part of a group of similar commodes which have traditionally been attributed to the Boulle workshop but have been more recently been linked to the ébéniste Aubertin Gaudron. The lot offered here combines characteristics from other Louis XIV commodes in the group both in the design of the marquetry patterns and the gilt bronze mounting including that from the Musée Cluny (housed in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris) and another formerly in the Jean Gismondi Collection, Paris. Another similar commode is illustrated in P.Ramond, Masterpieces of Marquetry, From the Beginnings to Louis IV, Los Angeles 1984, p.144/5. The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Château de Versailles also have related commodes in their respective collections.

    Aubertin Gaudron was the principal supplier to the French court between 1687-1713. Gaudron, like Boulle, specialised in intricate complex marquetry pieces, although there is little surviving documentation relating to him and firm attributions are not possible. Gaudron is known to have worked with the painter Jean-Michel Picart (1660-82) and the influence of Picart's floral still lifes are thought to have had an influence on the painterly designs of this type of floral marquetry. Gaudron was working in the latter part of the 17th century and into the early years of the 18th century and worked for the Garde-Meuble Royal up until 1713. His patrons included Louis XIV, the Dauphin and Dauphine, the Duc d'Anjou and the Prince de Condé.
A Régence ebonised, sycamore, walnut and kingwood crossbanded floral marquetry Commode en arbalète in the manner of Auburtin Gaudron
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