France – Circa 1730
This is a superb and rare cross-bow shaped Commode in massive walnut with authentic craftman ship and exquisite finish.
It opens by 3 drawers decorated with deep moldings in sinuous registers that surround the bronzes. To be noted that registers shapes are different for each drawer, for the Master Cabinet Maker to show his skills and Creativity!
Top is massive wood with its front edge in “bec de corbin” and arbalete shape as well as the 3 drawers underneath and the bottom crosspiece which is wonderfully “Chantournee” (bow-shaped) with a central little flower.
The sides are paneled in a Rocaille style over chantournees crosspieces as well. The commode is resting on 4 short curved feet finishing in double wound. The “marguerites”(daisy) shaped handles are in bronze as well as the escutcheons. The 3 original locks are in place with all three individual keys.
This type of Commode “en Arbalete” is rare because they were extremely difficult to do ( e.g. hand carving the cross-bow out of a thick piece of walnut for each front drawer and then adjusting all of them together..) and only the best Master Cabinet Makers were commisioned.
LENGTH: 46.5 in. (118 cm)
DEPTH: 26 in. (66 cm)
HEIGHT: 37 in. (94 cm)