Posted on October 02, 2017.
French Bombe Commode with Marquetry and Green Marble Top in Louis XV Style
This is an amazing commode, dresser with intricate Marquetry in different woods. It is in the Louis XV style and was manufactured around the 1920’s. It has a beautiful green marble top.
Marquetry (also spelled as marqueterie) is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The technique may be applied to case furniture or even seat furniture, to decorative small objects with smooth, veneerable surfaces or to freestanding pictorial panels appreciated in their own right. Parquetry is very similar in technique to marquetry: in the former the pieces of veneer are of simple repeating geometric shapes, forming tiling patterns such as would cover a floor (parquet), or forming basket-weave or brickwork patterns, trelliswork and the like.
Marquetry (and parquetry too) differs from the more ancient craft of inlay, or intarsia, in which a solid body of one material is cut out to receive sections of another to form the surface pattern. The word derives from a Middle French word meaning "inlaid work”.
The commode is very well preserved for its age but does have some signs of wear. The marble top was repaired in the past (please see the photos). The hardware was reattached at some point and flat head points were used (see photos). These bombé commodes are getting very rare and hard to find, and this one is exceptionally beautiful with the marquetry in good shape and the patina is also very well preserved. The overall look of this commode is amazing and would enhance the decor of any home. We will be happy to provide more photos and information. There are minor dents and scratches commensurate with age.
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This item has been professionally treated for woodworms.
Dimensions: 32 and 1/4 inches wide x 16 and 5/8 inches deep x 31 and 1/2 inches high and weighs about 82lbs.
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