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February 09, 2010

For your château? Louis XV Commode

Cressent, Charles. Louis XV Commode, c. 1730. Veneered Kingwood and gilt bronze. Wallace Collection.

A lovely chest of drawers which stands low, on four ornamented feet.   It is elaborately decorated in the round and the drawers are almost masked by the gilt details.  The handles used to open the drawers are actually created from the dragons' bodies which seem (and do) lift right off the surface they fly around.  The top is smooth marble, and there is an emphasized detail of the late, great Sun King in the center.

What do you say? For your château?

10 comments

  1. Umm, yes, I do think that would be perfect. Now I just need to get a palace to go with it. It could work, couldn't it? "Umm, honey, I got this beautiful commode, I think we need to sell this place and buy a palace to fit it in,"
    Yes, it is definitely worth a shot :)

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  2. Yes! Absolutely yes! I just love that kind of furniture. But it certainly would look out of place here in my room. Maybe it could be an excuse to buy more furniture of that kind? A complete 18th century remodeling! How I'd love that.

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  3. yes, please. Can you do next-day delivery? :)

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  4. Yes, pretty please! Louis and a dragon? Can't go wrong.

    And I've always wanted a mortgage!

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  5. wi!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Definitely! It is beautiful. I love the ornate detail of the piece.

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  7. It's certainly appropriate for Versailles but not so much for my Petite Maison. Non, merci!

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  9. It's beautiful! I think I'd put it in my formal living room, you know the one that you have ready for recieving guests?

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