This period Louis XV Lyonnaise commode has been made from European Walnut Wood, a wood that was so valuable to the French that they prohibited its export from 1730 through the end of the reign. The wooden top and front have a restrained curve that harmonizes with the curves of the front legs and feet. The three drawers have molded panels which exhibit varying grains of walnut wood . The hand carved motifs and each end of the drawers are gadrooned acanthus leaves, scrolls and individual vines of small leaves. There are transverse rails between the drawers and the apron is shaped. The sides have two indented panels and the corners are round with a plain panel. The bronze fittings are not original to the piece but they are an extremely fine example of the Louis XV style. They are stamped by the maker on the backs of the handles. This piece would have had a high sheen or possibly even lacquered. Lacquer proved to be unstable, however , so very few pieces survived with full lacquer. This commode has traces of a high sheen finish on its drawer fronts.
This rare period Louis XV commode has all the attributes of a Lyonnaise piece, and will be an asset to any room.
Condition: Minor losses to relief of motifs; old restorations around fittings; age cracks, nick, rubs, and scratches to wood and finish commensurate with age. H=38 1/8, W=52 3/8, D=27 1/2