Armoire Louis XV
Armoire Louis XV in marquetry, lacquered panels and bronze. French, 18th and 19th century…
The body is decorated with rosewood marquetry in geometric patterns, and frames four large inset panels – one on the left and right sides, and two on the front (one on each door). The lacquer and mother of pearl inlay panels emulate Canton lacquerware in style and subject, with evocative scenes of Eastern landscapes that include flowers, vines, leaves, rocks and birds. Each panel is shaped and framed in a gilt bronze.
The two front doors open to reveal a (later) interior fitted with six semi-open sliding shelves above two drawers. The piece stands on a sinuous waistband on low ‘handlebar mustache’ feet.
18th and 19th century elements – the body most likely Regence / 18th century, the panels most likely 19th century. The fitted interior shelves and drawers were most likely added in the 20th century and can be removed (doing so reveals the original shelf rails).
In excellent overall condition. The lacquer panels, in very good condition, do show signs of old repairs / restorations. The whole has recently been cleaned, re-polished, and lightly restored.
A stunning and beautifully cohesive piece. Highly evocative and characterful.
Height: 179 cm
Width: 114 cm
Depth: 51 cm