Commode

Object Details

Title:

Commode

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Jean-Pierre Latz (French, about 1691 - 1754)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1745 - 1749

Medium:

Oak and poplar veneered with bloodwood; walnut drawers; gilt-bronze mounts; fleur de pêcher marble top

Dimensions:

87.6 x 151.5 x 65.1 cm (34 1/2 x 59 5/8 x 25 5/8 in.)

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The "wave pattern" of the wood veneer echoes the curving lines of the gilt-bronze mounts on this commode. In this extremely difficult process, veneers were cut at an angle through a piece of wood to produce ovals and then carefully placed so that the wood grain formed waving lines.

Although the commode is not stamped with a cabinetmaker's name, scholars are certain that it was made by Jean-Pierre Latz because his stamp was found on a commode of the same design in the Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. That commode was part of a group of furniture that the French princess Louise-Elisabeth, elder daughter of Louis XV, brought with her when she and her husband, Don Philippe de Bourbon, came to Italy to rule Parma and Piacenza.

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