French Louis XV Style Bombe Commodes – Pair

French Louis XV Style Bombe Commodes – Pair.



French Louis XV Style Bombe Commodes - Pair

GORGEOUS matching pair of Louis XV Style Bombe Commodes from circa 1920.

These two Commodes are made from yew wood which makes them quite RARE.

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Most Commodes of this style were made with walnut, kingwood or even sometimes olive wood.

The use of yew wood is quite rare and the nature of yew wood is that it has a very slight burl and a gorgeous yellow hue.

The Commodes are each adorned or embellished with brass mounts.

Brass Neo-Classical Ladies on either side of the top and brass banding with brass mounts on the front feet.

The drawer handles are likewise brass in the Rococco Style.

These are 2 Large Commodes with each one having 4 drawers.

The top drawer is the smallest drawer, the middle 2 drawers are of equal medium size and the bottom drawer is by far the largest.

The bottom drawer has a central neo-classical style brass mount which we believe symbolizes the 'eternal flame'.

Both Commodes are topped with a green marble top in PERFECT CONDITION.....no chips or cracks. The front edge of the marble top is curved and bevelled to match the flow of the Bombe curves on the Commode.

These are two seriously IMPOSING and IMPRESSIVE pieces !!!

If you love these ...... then you will love the French Neo-Classical Style Partners Desk.....also made of yew wood.....that we have in stock.

The Commodes and the desk make a GREAT OFFICE SUITE for your Home or Business.

We are happy to discuss the sale of the Commodes and Desk as part of a SET.....if that interests you....but we have listed them individually.

Link: http://rockwellantiquesdallas.com/early-20c-french-neo-classical-revival-style-partners-desk/

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Commodes: A commode is any of several pieces of furniture. The word commode comes from the French word for "convenient" or "suitable", which in turn comes from the Latin adjective commodus, with similar meanings.

France: The term originates in the vocabulary of French furniture from about 1700. At that time, a commode meant a cabinet or chest of drawers, low enough so that it sat at the height of the dado rail (à hauteur d'appui). It was a piece of veneered case furniture much wider than it was high, raised on high or low legs[2] and with (commode à vantaux) or without enclosing drawers.

Commodes were made by ébénistes; the French word for "cabinet-maker" is derived from ebony, a black tropical hardwood notable as a foreign luxury. The beautiful wood was complemented with ormolu (gilt-bronze drawer pulls). The piece of furniture would be provided with a marble slab top[3] selected to match the marble of the chimneypiece.

A commode occupied a prominent position in the room for which it was intended: it stood against the pier between the windows,[4] in which case it would often be surmounted by a mirror glass,[5] or a pair of identical commodes would flank the chimneypiece or occupy the center of each end wall.

Bombé commodes, with surfaces shaped in three dimensions, were a feature of the rococo style called "Louis Quinze". Rectilinear neoclassical, or "Louis Seize", commodes might have such deep drawers or doors that the feet were en toupie—in the tapering turned shape of a child's spinning top. Both rococo and neoclassical commodes might have cabinets flanking the main section, in which case such a piece was a commode à encoignures;[6] pairs of encoignures or corner-cabinets might also be designed to complement a commode and stand in the flanking corners of a room. If a commode had open shelves flanking the main section it was a commode à l'anglaise.

Before the mid-eighteenth century the commode had become such a necessary article of furniture that it might be made in menuiserie (carpentry), of solid painted oak, walnut or fruitwoods, with carved decoration, typical of French provincial furniture.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commode

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Louis XV (15 February 1710 – 10 May 1774), known as Louis the Beloved (Louis le bien aimé), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. Until he reached maturity in 1723, his kingdom was ruled by Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans as Regent of France; the duke was his maternal great-uncle, as well as first cousin twice removed patrilineally. Cardinal Fleury was his chief minister from 1726 until the Cardinal's death in 1743, at which time the young king took sole control of the kingdom.

During his reign, Louis returned the Austrian Netherlands; this territory was won at the Battle of Fontenoy of 1745 but given back to Austria by the terms of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle of 1748. Louis also ceded New France in North America to Spain and Great Britain at the conclusion of the Seven Years' War in 1763. He incorporated the territories of Lorraine and Corsica into the kingdom of France. He was succeeded by his grandson Louis XVI in 1774.

Most scholars believe Louis XV's decisions damaged the power of France, weakened the treasury, discredited the absolute monarchy, and made it more vulnerable to distrust and destruction, as happened in the French Revolution, which broke out 15 years after his death.[1] Norman Davies characterized Louis XV's reign as "one of debilitating stagnation," characterized by lost wars, endless clashes between the Court and Parliament, and religious feuds.[2] A few scholars defend Louis, arguing that his highly negative reputation was based on propaganda meant to justify the French Revolution. Jerome Blum described him as "a perpetual adolescent called to do a man's job."[3]

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XV_of_France

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The Louis XV style or Louis Quinze was a French Rococo style in the decorative arts, and, to a lesser degree, architecture.

Datable to the personal reign of Louis XV (1723–1774), the style was characterized by supreme craftsmanship and the integration of the arts of cabinetmaking, painting, and sculpture.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Quinze

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Both Commodes are in SUPER CONDITION for their age !!!

REAL STATEMENT PIECES........AS IS THE DESK !!!

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French Louis XV Style Bombe Commodes - Pair

Provenance: Bought at Auction.

Dimensions: Each is 36.5" tall, 4 (48") feet wide and 2 (24") feet deep

Condition: Very Good.

Price: $2,950.00 each ($5,900.00). Sale Price Now: $4,600.00 (Pair)

 

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