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Commode

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750-1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Levesque, Albert (made)

  • 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

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.101-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1750-1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Levesque, Albert (made)

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

Marks and inscriptions

A LEVEQUE JME
Stamped on one left-hand (PR) corner of the top, below the marble.

Dimensions

Height: 85.5 cm, Width: 97.2 cm, Depth: 44.8 cm

Object history note

This object was formerly on long term loan to Aberdeen Art Gallery (1953-2015).

Descriptive line

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

Production Note

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

Materials

Oak; Tulipwood; Boxwood; Sycamore; Marble; Gilt bronze; Pine

Techniques

Cabinet-making; Veneering; Marquetry; Casting; Chasing; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Furniture; Images Online

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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