Offering a rare and important antique two-drawer bombe shaped Louis XV French commode signed "JF-Oeben". This commode consists of an ...
moreOffering a rare and important antique two-drawer bombe shaped Louis XV French commode signed "JF-Oeben". This commode consists of an original finely figured, shaped and moulded green Italian marble top. It features bronze mounted ormolu, intricate parquetry, and hand-painted floral design. Truly a stunning piece.
The commode has seen some wear from age and use, and efforts have been made at restoration, while not disturbing the fine quality of the original craftsmanship. The thick marble top has been professionally restored, with cracks repaired. The back legs of the commode have been repaired where some corrosion was present. It appears that the interior drawers may also have had some reconstruction at an earlier date. None of the repairs detract from the beauty of the piece, although the age and wear of the piece is still noticeable.
The commode is signed "JF-Oeben". Jean-François Oeben (1721-1763) was a French ébéniste (cabinetmaker) whose career was spent in Paris. He was the maternal grandfather of the painter Eugène Delacroix. Oeben worked for the French aristocracy, including King Louis XV himself.
The known work of Oeben possesses genuine grace and beauty; as craftsmanship it is of the first rank, and it is typically French in its fluent, idiomatic character. His furniture is found in all the great national collections of decorative arts. The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian has a mechanical table made by Oeben for the comte d'Argenson which opens swing-away secretarial writing surfaces and a tilted reading easel with successive turns of a single key. At the J. Paul Getty Museum is a commode of ca. 1760 stamped by Oeben veneered in parquetry and reflecting the "new style" especially in its gilt-bronze mounts; it is fitted with an elaborate locking mechanism typical of Oeben. He is represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum by a pair of inlaid corner-cupboards. These, with a bureau and a chiffonier in the French national Garde Meuble, in which bouquets of flowers are delicately inlaid in choice woods, are his best-known and most admirable achievements. less
- 48ʺW × 22.5ʺD × 35ʺH
- Mid 18th Century
- Condition Notes
- Good - Moderate wear and tear, but still has good years left. Good - Moderate wear and tear, but still has good years left. less
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