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Fine Small Salon Commode

France around 1770/75

The small ele­gant com­mode was exe­cut­ed in Paris around 1770 by Nico­las Guy­ot (17351812).

It is craft­ed with two large draw­ers made with sans tra­vers” con­struc­tion tech­nique, and it fea­tures a pro­filed mar­ble top that fol­lows the con­tours of the fur­ni­ture. The slight­ly curved legs tran­si­tion into slant­ed pilasters and are adorned with implied Bronze Doré sabots, as well as archi­tec­tur­al orna­men­ta­tion with lau­rel gar­lands in the pilaster area. The large draw­ers are dec­o­rat­ed with two lau­rel leaf ring han­dles each and a key escutcheon in the cen­ter, fea­tur­ing a Louis XVI bow. 

The body is veneered in vio­let or king­wood and rose­wood. The veneer pat­tern is expert­ly mir­rored and embell­ished with abun­dant band and string inlays. The piece is signed N. Guy­ot” under the top and bears the guild stamp JME.”

Nico­las Guy­ot (17351812) oper­at­ed his work­shop on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. He was grant­ed the mas­ter sta­tus on July 26, 1775. The term king­wood” orig­i­nat­ed because French kings (includ­ing Louis XIV and Louis XV) in the 17th and 18th cen­turies val­ued the wood for craft­ing fine furniture.

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Salon Commode from c. 1770
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