Mahogany Empire commode with three long drawers. Gilt bronze circular handles and military style locks.
With fluted front columns decorated with gilt bronze ribbons in a cross pattern and carved shaped feet decorated with gilt rhombus shapes.
A shaped white veined marble top. France c. 1805
The unusual gilt bronze decoration to the fluted legs and the military nature of the bronzes is very similar to the designs of Duguers de Montrosier (1758-1806). The son of an important military man, Duguers left the army to begin his career as an ébéniste in 1800 publishing the “Recueil de Dessins”, a book filled with his unusual and complex designs, of which some were constructed for the
Exposition of 1806. His career was short lived, he died in 1806 leaving his wife no other choice to repay their debts (100,000 francs in the form of a government loan) by leaving the entire collection to the Garde-Meuble.
HEIGHT: 85 cm (33½")
WIDTH: 132 cm (52")
DEPTH: 63 (24¾")