French 18th Century Louis XV Transition Marquetry Commode Entre Deux or Sauteuse in the manner of Louis Noel Malle (1734-1782)
Excellent and rare small commode, so-called “Sauteuse” or “commode entre deux” with rich floral and cube pattern marquetry, made during the reign of French Louis XVI ca. 1775 showing the typical features of the Transition style:
standing on four cabriole standing with two gilt-bronze sabots the commode shows a breakfront, canted corners and two drawers. The two drawers show an excellent and rich marquetry “sans travers” with a central oval cartouche which is decorated with a large flower bouquet. The cartouche is framed by trompe l’oeil cube pattern panels. This principle of decoration is repeated at the sides of the commode, where oval cartouches showing flower bouquets and gardening tools are topped by a frieze-like panel with cube pattern. the top of the commode or sauteuse is fully decorated with the same illusionistic cube pattern. A peculiar feature is the hidden secret drawer which can only be revealed by completely removing both drawers from the body of the commode.