Commode

ca. 1750-1760 (made)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Although this commode is veneered with expensive tropical hardwoods, the marquetry is only of moderate quality in its design and its cutting. Despite this, the cabinet-maker, Albert Levesque, whose stamp identifies this piece as coming from his workshop, has used a fashionable technique of running the design across the divisions of the drawers. This technique was known as sans traverse marquetry.



object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Commode
  • Marble Top
  • Key
Materials and Techniques
Oak, veneered with tulipwood, with marquetry of boxwood, tulipwood and sycamore, in part stained and engraved; set with gilt-bronze mounts; red and white veined marble top
Brief Description
Commode of bombé form, veneered in tulipwood and other woods on a carcase of oak, with mounts of gilt bronze and a red and white marble slab
Physical Description
A bow-fronted commode veneered in tulipwood, with floral marquetry, on a carcase of oak and pine, the top of brown and white veined marble, set with mounts of gilt-bronze.
Dimensions
  • Height: 85.5cm
  • Width: 97.2cm
  • Depth: 44.8cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
A LEVEQUE JME (Stamped on one left-hand (PR) corner of the top, below the marble.)
Object history
This object was formerly on long term loan to Aberdeen Art Gallery (1953-2015).

Production
This piece must date after 1749, when Albert Levesque gained his maîtrise from the guild of menuisiers-ébénistes. The stamping of the name of the furniture maker on his pieces only became common after 1751
Subject depicted
Summary
Although this commode is veneered with expensive tropical hardwoods, the marquetry is only of moderate quality in its design and its cutting. Despite this, the cabinet-maker, Albert Levesque, whose stamp identifies this piece as coming from his workshop, has used a fashionable technique of running the design across the divisions of the drawers. This technique was known as sans traverse marquetry.



Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.101-1920

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record createdMarch 18, 2005
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