French Louis XVI style chest of drawers or commode after a model by Jean-Henri Riesener. Rectangular rouge marble top surface with bold veining, smaller drawer in frieze with centered 22K gold mercury bronze middle drawer frieze "Allegory of Nautical Science" depicting putti exploring astronomy. Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806) and other cabinetmakers working in the Neoclassical style used this kind of delightful allegorical scene to embellish secretaries, commodes, and tables. Center drawer flanked with geometric diamond parquetry pattern panels on either side, two drawers below share a centered inlaid floral medallion marquetry surrounded with geometric diamond parquetry design, 22K gold mercury bronze mounted borders and drawer pulls, supported on four square tapering legs with mounts and sabots.
After a model by Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806,) German "ébeniste "cabinet maker, celebrated and recognized for his work of the Neoclassical period.
Official "ébéniste du roi", Cabinetmaker to French King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Neoclassical design was inspired by the discovery of ancient Pompeii, returning Greco-Roman style in furniture and architecture. Louis XVI's reign began in 1774 and his queen Marie-Antoinette was a lover of the arts and had much influence over the style. This 18th century design is timeless and elegant, but understated; it will compliment an antique setting, or adds exuberant contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Place of Origin: France
Period: Circa 1860
Dimensions - 40"h, 35"w, 30"d
Condition: Excellent antique condition
Wear: consistent with age and use.