Commode Louis XVI ‘Crespi’
Commode Louis XVI in mahogany, marble and bronze, by FB Crespi. French, 18th century...
A chest of drawers in mahogany and mahogany veneer, the front with a slightly protruding central section and angled corners, with five drawers, three across the top row above two full-width drawers below. Standing on tapered, squared legs, the two at the front angled. Decorated with gilt bronze drawer pulls, escutcheons, shoes, and other highlights, and topped with a red, white and gray marble top.
Working locks and 1 key.
Stamped two times, on left and right front top corners ‘CREPI’, for Francois-Bathélemy CRESPI, awarded master cabinetmaker in 1778.
Provenance: in the Versailles Palais des Congrès sale on 12 March 1989, lot 229.
This commode is mentioned and pictured in ‘Le Mobilier Francais Du XVIIIe Siecle, Dictionnaire des ebenistestes et des menuisiers’ by Pierre Kjellberg, Les Editions de L’Amateur, page 218.
In superb condition. A few very minor losses to the veneer. The marble top has been professionally restored.
A very fine piece of the highest quality. Its strong lines and reserved use of bronze decoration make it a study in understated refinement.
Height: 87 cm
Width: 129 cm
Depth: 63 cm