Empire Ormolu Mounted Mahogany Commode, early 19th century
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EMPIRE GILT BRONZE MOUNTED MAHOGANY COMMODE
Continental, likely Germany or Austria; circa early 19th century
Item # 803EYC13A
An elegant chest of drawers both tidy and pleasing form, it adheres closely to the Empire aesthetic with an angularity and faceted squareness throughout. Restraint is shown in every aspect of the design, the craftsman choosing mahogany veneers that exhibit clean symmetrical rays so that no singular aspect of the chest overwhelms the other elements. The top is characterized by faceted corners that conform to the overall case, the edge inlaid with a brass tubing that is further employed as fluting between the drawer blades and to finish the bottom edge of the case. Each of the three drawers retains original hardware, this beautifully cast and chiseled bronze a display of vibrant pedaled flowers behind an oversize pull ring, these flanking a bumble-bee escutcheon. The chest rests over a replaced base/legs, though the form is certainly correct for the chest and is likely a replication of the damaged originals.
Measurements: 41 1/4” W X 22 1/4” D X 31 1/2” H
Base is replaced (frame beneath chest and tapered feet, likely early 20th century); one foot slightly inward angled; back feet without sabots. Re-colored restoration spots throughout have not faded at the same rate as the rest of the chest, leaving spots of a deep mahogany hue throughout. Original hardware and locks, no key.