Antique Napoleon III Parisian Commode Chest Marble Top c.1870 19th C


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Object Description

Antique Parisian Napoleon III Marble top Commode, c.1870 in date.

The 19th century French Parisian Napoleon III period, Louis Revival, mahogany and ormolu mounted commode is fitted with it’s original “Breccia Pernice Marble” pinkish dished marble top.

The commode is of masculine and Neoclassical elegance with excellent horizontal and shallow proportions while retaining a warm-brown mahogany patina.

It has a pair of half width frieze drawers over two large and capacious full width drawers, all with the most wonderful ormolu handles escutcheons and mounts, and surmounted by an elegant marble top.

It is raised on rounded toupie feet and is complete with working locks and key.

This delicious piece of craftsmanship could serve any purpose, from the focal point of an antiques collection to a remarkable addition to any room in your home.

In excellent original condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 79 x Width 125 x Depth 57

Dimensions in inches:
Height 31.1 x Width 49.2 x Depth 22.4

Breccia Marble
Is a rock composed of broken fragments of minerals or rock cemented together by a fine-grained matrix that can be similar to or different from the composition of the fragments.

Breccia rock can be any colour and is very colourful. The colour is determined by the colour of the matrix or cement along with the colour of the angular rock fragments.

The word has its origins in the Italian language, in which it means either “loose gravel” or “stone made by cemented gravel”.

For thousands of years, the striking visual appearance of Breccias has made them a popular sculptural and architectural material. Breccia was used for column bases in the Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete in about 1800 BC. Breccia was used on a limited scale by the ancient Egyptians, one of the best-known examples is the statue of the goddess Tawaret in the British Museum.

It was regarded by the Romans as an especially precious stone and was often used in high-profile public buildings. Many types of marble are brecciated, such as Breccia Oniciata or Breche Nouvelle.

Breccia is most often used as an ornamental or facing material in walls and columns. A particularly striking example can be seen in the Pantheon in Rome, which features two gigantic columns of pavonazzetto, a breccia coming from Phrygia, in modern Turkey. Pavonazzetto obtains its name from its extremely colourful appearance, which is reminiscent of a peacock’s feathers,pavone is “peacock” in Italian.

Our reference: 09882

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