Louis XVI Oak Chest of Drawers


Louis XVI Oak Chest of Drawers

Louis XVI oak chest of drawers, the gray marble top (Belgian Grey Saint-Anne) over the two drawers, each with barber pole inlay and replaced brass handles; the fluted corners with charming flower carved "stops" continuing to tapered legs joined by a similar apron with a leaf cartouche.

France c. 1790

38˝" long x 19" deep x 34˝" tall

Price: $5,500  

Please note: This delightful chest has many charming features. Its provincial origins are confirmed by the use of oak and its sturdy proportions, while the numerous formal motifs belie its big-city aspirations. The marble top with scotia edge and canted corners conforms to the body, as expected with urban furniture. Additionally, the delicate inlay to the drawer fronts, carefully laid out, is more commonly found on mahogany or other imported wood. Classically inspired, stop- fluting adds gravitas whenever it's used. But here the maker carved the ‘stops' into flowers in pots, a charming interpretation. And the row of flowerpots lined up across the apron is just enchanting.

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