An Highly Important Magnificient Quality Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Commode with a Rare Algerian Onyx Top

HENRI PICARD (worked 1840-1890)

An Highly Important Magnificient Quality Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Commode with a Rare Algerian Onyx Top

c. 1880 France

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A Highly Important Magnificent Quality Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Commode with a Rare Algerian Onyx Top by the Société des Marbres Onyx d'Algerie, the Bronze Mounts by Henri Picard.

This exceptional commode has an inset breakfront-shaped onyx marble top above a conforming frieze applied with scrolling vine and Bacchic gilt-bronze mounts and fitted with three drawers. Below are four gilt-bronze framed cupboards; the central pair of cupboard doors are inset with exquisitely painted panels depicting ladies with putti in attendance, in the manner of Boucher. The angles of the commode have stop-fluted tapering columns and the commode is raised on tapering legs with gilt-bronze caps.

The bronzes by Picard are of superb quality with the original mercury gilding.

The richly coloured onyx top is very unusual, and probably made as a special commission, as it would have added enormously to the cost at the time it was made.

The design and form of the commode is an adaption of the famous commode by Adam Weisweiler supplied in 1788 by Dominic Daguerre for the Cabinet Intérieur of Louis XVI at the Château de Saint-Cloud and now residing at the Chateau de Compiegne.

Société des Marbres Onyx D'Algérie:

The Algerian Onyx quarries were utilised in antiquity, and then not rediscovered until 1849. This discovery meant that by the third quarter of the nineteenth century Onyx had become particularly fashionable for use in clocks and other decorative household objects. Mainly used for smaller items due to its cost, Onyx was very rarely used on this scale on furniture.

The Société des Marbres Onyx D'Algérie, under the directorship of Eugène Cornu, mined and fashioned the luxurious Algerian marble and were celebrated for the quality of their production and design. They exhibited, and received great acclaim at the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle exhibiting a large selection of clocks and other wares.
Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Peter, L'Ameublement d'Art Français, 1850-1900, Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 2010, p 32.
Dimensions
Height 97.00 cm (38.19 inches)
Width 185.00 cm (72.83 inches)
Depth 55.00 cm (21.65 inches)
Stock Code
B70330
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped to the reverse of the bronze mounts 'HPR' for Henri Picard.
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