A Regal Régence style gilt bronze mounted parquetry commode after a model by J.H. Riesener, now in the Musée Condé, Chantillyfourth quarter 19th century

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Lot 1357W
A Regal Régence style gilt bronze mounted parquetry commode
after a model by J.H. Riesener, now in the Musée Condé, Chantilly
fourth quarter 19th century

Sold for US$ 37,500 inc. premium
Property of a notable West Coast collection
A Regal Régence style gilt bronze mounted parquetry commode
after a model by J.H. Riesener, now in the Musée Condé, Chantilly
fourth quarter 19th century
The Breccia Rosa marble top over a two drawer commode inlaid sans traverse with a pastoral scene depicting a basket of Spring flowers surmounted by a gilt mask of Minerva, flanked by a pair of putti, one with a cornucopia, the second with a bow and arrow, each corner mounted with allegorical figures of Hercules, Mars, Prudence, and Temperance, the curved doors at each side mounted with martial trophies.
height 39in (99cm); width 80in (204cm); depth 32in (81cm)

Footnotes

  • The original commode was made in 1775 by J.H. Riesner, for Louis XVI's bedroom at Versailles. The commode's central panel was inlaid with the ciphers of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, which was subsequently replaced with a pastoral scene after 1789 as on the offered lot.

    Please see online catalog for further information.

    In an essay by Charissa Bremer-David, written to accompany the exhibition Sculpture in the Decorative Arts 31 March - 5 July, 2009, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, she discuses that the imagery conveyed by the mounts reflect a hope for good governance by the young king and queen, guided by justice, wisdom, temperance, and prudence.

Saleroom notices

  • A Regal Régence style gilt bronze mounted parquetry commode after a model by J.H. Riesener, now in the Musée Condé, Chantilly, L Kahn, fourth quarter 19th century The gilt bronze mounts stamped l Kahn on the reverse. Leon Kahn was a leading 19th century French bronzier
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A Regal Régence style gilt bronze mounted parquetry commode after a model by J.H. Riesener, now in the Musée Condé, Chantillyfourth quarter 19th century
A Regal Régence style gilt bronze mounted parquetry commode after a model by J.H. Riesener, now in the Musée Condé, Chantillyfourth quarter 19th century
A Regal Régence style gilt bronze mounted parquetry commode after a model by J.H. Riesener, now in the Musée Condé, Chantillyfourth quarter 19th century
A Regal Régence style gilt bronze mounted parquetry commode after a model by J.H. Riesener, now in the Musée Condé, Chantillyfourth quarter 19th century
A Regal Régence style gilt bronze mounted parquetry commode after a model by J.H. Riesener, now in the Musée Condé, Chantillyfourth quarter 19th century
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