Sep 20, 2008

Commode The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection : Charles Cressent






Commode
, ca. 1745–49
Charles Cressent (French, 1685–1768)
Pine and oak veneered with purplewood, mahogany, and bois satiné (bloodwood), gilt-bronze mounts, portor marble top; H. 34 1/2 x W. 55 x D. 22 3/4 in. (87.6 x 139.7 x 57.8 cm)
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.56)

Charles Cressent is known to have made a group of commodes of this kind over the years, all with a serpentine facade, shaped doors in the sides, rounded forecorners, and extraordinary sculptural mounts. This commode can be dated to 1745–49 because of a tax stamp for that period found on the gilt-bronze mounts that were, against guild regulations, cast, chased and gilded in Cressent's own workshop.

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