This incredibly elegant period Louis XV commode en tombeau has been hand carved from European pearwood. The incurved shape of the sides and the front of this commode make this an extremely complex piece to carve. The French term to describe this outward curving is galbe or bombe. Many 18th century commodes of this general shape had squared off drawer ends and drawer frames, and the drawers themselves had slight overlap to cover the any gaps from the drawer openings. The drawer ends on this commode are incurved at the top row, out-curved (galbe) at the center row, and incurved again at the bottom row. Also, the drawer fronts have no overhangs to the openings, making the construction tedious and exacting. The commode opens by 4 drawers over 3 rows (two drawers on top row). Scrolling moldings surround each bronze handle and the keyhole. Note how each scrolling molding is hand carved with just a slight difference in the details. The top is original. The front feet are acanthus leaf scrolls and the back feet are acanthus leaves with round ends. Along the apron, we see a center floral piece with the fleur de lis at the top, surrounded by repeating linear motifs and scrolling foliage. To either side are more scrolling acanthus leaves and a linear shaped repeating border that is only interrupted by more leaves on the sides.
Fruitwood chests of drawers of this quality, and from the 1700s are rare, especially pearwood and applewood. Since these woods are tender and slightly sweet, they were irresistable to wood bugs! Many of the 18th century examples have not survived. Rare and a true find, this period Louis XV, pearwood commode en tombeau will be a spectacular piece to any collection!
CONDITION: Good antique condition with old restorations, losses to wood and some motifs, age separations, traces of old wood worm and no keys. Rear feet stabilized during a very old restoration. Old bug damage and restoration to rear as well.
H=34 1/4, W=45 1/2 (measured at center), D=24 3/4
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