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The shaped grey veined white marble top with projecting corners above three frieze drawers with panels of scrolling foliate acanthus framing a lion's head above two cupboard doors decorated with a demi-lune panel of applied gilt-bronze scrolling acanthus with a ribbon-hung garland above a central circular gilt-bronze plaque in the manner of Clodion framed by corresponding acanthus spandrels. The doors opening to reveal an interior fitted with six drawers. The sides similarly embellished and the whole raised on toupie feet with gilt-bronze palmette sabots.
Stöckel and Benneman designed the model this commode was based on for Marie-Antoinette for the Salon des Jeux at Fontainebleau.
Guillaume Benneman was the chief ébéniste to Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette from 1786 to 1792, producing many fine pieces for the Royal Chateaux at Versailles and Fontainebleau under the directorship of Jean Hauré until 1788 and later under Thierry de Ville d'Avray. Benneman was influential in introducing a more disciplined neoclassical approach to furniture design with emphasis on pure outlines and architectural references that were to predominate under the Consulat and Empire.
Nicolay, Jean (1982), L'Art et la Manière des Maîtres Ébénistes Français au XVIIIe Siècle, Éditions Pygmalion, Paris; p. 49.
Meuvret, J. (1963), French Cabinet Makers of the Eighteenth Century, New York, Librairie Hachette; p. 309.
|Height||95.00 cm||(37.40 inches)|
|Width||180.00 cm||(70.87 inches)|
|Depth||65.00 cm||(25.59 inches)|