A Pair of Commodes
in the Louis XVI Manner
After the original by Jean-François Leleu (1729-1807)
Residing at the Petit Trianon in Versailles
Constructed in purpleheart wood, amaranth and kingwood, and dressed with very fine ormolu mounts; rising from gently tapering columnar legs, shod at the bases with ormolu toupie feet, with stiff-leaf upper ormolu mounts; within an ormolu framework, the two drawers in the lower part bisect a panel with geometric parquetry inlay, with ormolu mounts of foliate form in the quadrants being the handles; over, a single lockable drawer, forms part of the apron, and is richly adorned with ormolu entrelacs enclosing a Moroccan leather writing surface and tulipwood-veneered drawers, with swagged bouquets at the radiused angles; the fielded panel sides being inlaid in a conforming manner; the platform of Saint-Berthevin marble, with a thumbnail moulding to the edge.
Paris, Circa 1880