An exquisite piece, it has all the fine detailing of it's full-sized counterpart. It originates from a fine Parisian collection of Napoleon III miniature furniture and dates from the period of Napoleon III (1850-1872).
Absolutely stunning in form and design, it is an exact replica of the large painted lacquer commodes so very popular during the period of Louis XV. The wooden form has been painted with black lacquer, giving it a beautiful ebony patina. There is a hand painted design across the drawers, depicting a red crested bird, with long red plumes, amongst red flowers and green leaves. Hand-painted gilt accents add color and light to the design. The side panels curve outward in an elegant bombe shape. They each have a central hand-painted medallion repeating details of the flower and leaf design of the front.
The commode has beautifully curved legs which have gilded metal ormolu. The two large drawers curve outward and are accented by elaborate gilded metal drawer handles. The drawer fronts are thick (measuring 1" thick at the center;from inside to outer curved edge). The top of the commode just under the marble is also ornamented with elaborate gilded metal ormolu. There is a large gilded metal ormolu medallion a the bottom center curved panel. Affixed to the top is a fine piece of marble, with curving bull-nose edging.
The interiors of the drawers are lined with persimmon colored moire silk, which is accented with ivory colored braid. The interior of the drawers measures 7 3/4" x 3 1/4". The bottom of the commode has a manuscript name in gilt, "La Marquise de Sevigne" .
It is in very good antique condition. There is some crackling to the lacquer as is typical with age. There are two slight chips to the bottom edge of the far left front piece of marble; this is typical with age and does not detract from the value of the miniature. The commode measures: 7 1/4" tall, 9" across and 4 1/4" deep.
This is a rare and very fine example of the Louis XV style lacquer commode. The skilled quality of workmanship in the cabinet, combined with the exquisite hand-painted detailing combine to create a piece which would have only been sold in one of the finest shops in Paris. It is a beautiful and exceptional example from the period of Napoleon III.
Item ID: MT590
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