A FINE REGENCÉ PERIOD WALNUT COMMODE WITH BIRD-FORM PULLS
France, circa 1730-50
Item # 010PXZ21Q
A rare and very fine 18th century commode of the Regencé period, this substantial chest of drawers has been beautifully preserved. The dense walnut wood has taken on the most lovely historical surface with a silky glowing patina from years of gentle handling, waxing and oxidizing.
The form is most attractive with a cupid's bow curvature to the facade that is matched in the top, this with a thumb-molded integral edge that projects just slightly on all sides. With three equal drawers mounted with generous bird-form cast brass handles, they are easily operated despite the heavy construction.
The chest is constructed in the typical manner of the period with each major joint secured with a glued tenon affixed with a wooden pins. The rounded corner columns and the ever-so-slight cabriole curvature of the front feet are both uncommon and quite nice details. The sides of the chest are set with two raised panels in a grooved frame.
Such a rich and interesting piece, this is a true strikepoint that offers a wide berth of usefulness in tasteful design: generous storage, enough strength to support even heavy sculpture and statuary, a rare undulating form that is most eye-catching and exceptional surface history.
Measurements: 38 1/4" H x 26 7/8" D x 53" W
The intricate bird-form pulls are early replacements; shadows in the finish show the faint outline of prior pulls, these also with something of a bird-like form. Edge loss to top right drawer. Back right corner with extra wooden pins through the tenon-mortised frame for support; a few other old pins added for support in other joints. Two backboard panels replaced. Extensive wear and discoloration, all beautifully joined in the overall surface patina. No key (locks untested).