A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode
A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode
A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode
A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode
A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode
A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode
A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode
A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode
A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode

A fine Dutch Louis XV Commode

1765 to 1770 Netherlands

Offered by Pieter Hoogendijk

£63,360 gbp
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With a later nero e bianco marble top (old cracks glued together) above two bombé doors with floral marquetry decoration opening to reveal one shelf.
Former electricity holes, probably made for a music installation, have been restored with old wood.

The two doors and sides with "papillion veneer" of amaranth, a rocaille border of citron entwined with palmwood bands with sprays of flowers. The quality of the flowers and the fluent lines suggest an extraordinarily elegant piece of furniture unlike any other piece with such marquetry. The flowers were originally brightly colored but have faded over the years by sunlight. There is a transition commode of later date which has the same intention of the furniture maker, it has the same palmwood bands which entwines even so fluently along the recatangular sides.

Because of the high quality of the flowers we think that this commode might have come from the hands of Andries Bongen, who worked in the French manner in Amsterdam.
Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
Andries Bongen, who was probably born in Geldern, south of Cleves and just east of the border of the Dutch Republic, is first recorded in Amsterdam in May 1763 on his marriage to Willemina, daughter of the smith Lambert van der Beek. He registered as a citizen on 5 July 1763 and became a master cabinet-maker some time between March 1763 and March 1764 (Note 19), so that, accordirtg to the Guild regulations, he must previously have trained for two years under an Amsterdam master.
The clearest insight into the character of part of Bongen's output is aforded by the advertisement he placed in the Amsterdamsehe Courant of 4 December 1766, describing three pieces of furniture 'in the French manner'. This is the first announcement by an 18th-century Amsterdam cabinet-maker of work in the French style. Bongen mentions two commodes decorated with floral marquetry.

Literature:
Reinier J. Baarsen, Aspecten van de Nederlandse Meubelkunst in de tweede helft van de achttiende eeuw, 1993, p. 54-55.
Dimensions
Height 94.00 cm (37.01 inches)
Width 167.00 cm (65.75 inches)
Depth 71.00 cm (27.95 inches)
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