Commode

Maker: Charles Cressent (French, Amiens 1685–1768 Paris)

Date: ca. 1745–49

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Pine and oak veneered with amaranth and bois satiné; drawer bottoms of walnut, drawer sides of oak, drawer fronts of pine; gilt-bronze mounts; portoro marble top

Dimensions: 34 1/2 x 55 x 22 3/4 in. (87.6 x 139.7 x 57.8cm)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.60.56

Description

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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