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