A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Chinese Lacquer, Mahogany and Ebony Commode à Vantaux  By Guillaume Beneman
A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Chinese Lacquer, Mahogany and Ebony Commode à Vantaux  By Guillaume Beneman

A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Chinese Lacquer, Mahogany and Ebony Commode à Vantaux By Guillaume Beneman

c. 1788 France

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£285,000 gbp
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The rectangular breakfront brocatelle d’Espagne marble top with eared corners, above a panelled frieze mounted with chandelles; alternating with fluting and fitted with a long drawer, and a central cupboard door decorated with a Chinoiserie townscape within a stiff-leaf-cast border and enclosing three drawers, flanked to each side by a further door conformingly decorated with townscapes and enclosing a shelf. The sides decorated accordingly, the canted angles headed by acanthus-cast volute clasps, above ribbon-tied fruiting laurel trails and floral patterae; on toupee feet with foliate-cast collars, stamped G. BENEMAN and JME
Duc de Levis Mirepoix.

Probably made for the son of Gaston Pierre de Levis, known as the Duc de Levis-Mirepoix (1699 – 1757) who was Marechal de France in 1757 and Ambassador for Louis XV. His family had been established in Languedoc as seigneurs of Mirepoix,
Ariege, since the 11th century and then by descent to another branch of the family at the Château d’Etalant, Côte d’Or.

This magnificent commode à vantaux combines the dignified proportions and the restrained decorative vocabulary of the finest Royal furniture of the years 1785-1790, with a highly unusual juxtaposition of mahogany veneers and Chinese lacquer panels.

A very similar commode, but with mahogany drawers was delivered to the Chateau de Saint-Cloud in 1788 for Queen Marie-Antoinette and is illustrated number 25 in “The Furniture of Versailles” Volume 1 by Pierre Arizolli-Clementel.
Another similar and also with mahogany panels, is illustrated in French Furniture makers by Alexandre Pradère (illustration 504). This commode, together with its pendant which is in the Louvre, was made by Beneman in 1787 for the wife of the commissioner of the Garde-Meuble Royal.

Dimensions
Height 97.00 cm (38.19 inches)
Width 151.00 cm (59.45 inches)
Depth 66.00 cm (25.98 inches)
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