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Jean-François Oeben (French, born Germany, 1721 - 1763, master 1761)
Oak veneered with maple, tulipwood, amaranth, and Ceylon satinwood; gilt-bronze mounts; campan mélangé vert marble top
92 x 140.6 x 47 cm (36 1/4 x 55 3/8 x 18 1/2 in.)
Although the ébéniste Jean-François Oeben produced a number of similar commodes, this one's unusually short legs and shallow depth indicate that he probably made it for a specific location. The gilt-bronze
As he did in other works, Oeben fitted this commode with an ingenious locking mechanism, using one lock to control the whole commode. The side drawers in the