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Attributed to Jean-Pierre Latz
French, Paris, about 1745 - 1749
Oak and walnut veneered with bois satiné; gilt-bronze mounts; fleur de pêcher marble top
2 ft. 10 1/2 in. x 4 ft. 11 5/8 in. x 2 ft. 1 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.