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A Very Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Commode
By Charles Guillaume Winckelsen 

After a model by Jean-Henri Riesener, supplied to Marie-Antoinette for Versailles. Constructed in a finely patinated harewood, with a saint-Anne grey marble platform, atop a breakfront frieze, set with a drawer in the apron, over a unified central panel of floral still life marquetry within a gilt-bronze frame enclosing a shelved interior, flanked by panels of foliate parquetry. The apron is mounted with finely cast acanthus and the scroll-mounted legs on block feet. The concave sides are set with trellis marquetry. Stamped 'Charles Winckelsen 49, Rue de Turenne à Paris.'

Regarded at the time as one of Riesener's masterpieces, several copies were made in his workshops, and examples may be seen in Waddesdon Manor, The Getty Museum, and Versailles, inter alia.

French, dated 1869.


H: 37.5 in / 95 cm  |  W: 41 in / 103 cm  |  D: 23 in / 58 cm

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