This exceptional Louis XV regency period walnut commode is a true masterpiece of craftsmanship and design from the eighteenth century. Also referred to as a “commode tombeau” or "sauteuse", this chest of drawers is a treasure from a chateau in the Languedoc region of France. One of the most striking features is its strongly curved convex and concave two-drawer front which requires a skilled artisanal touch to craft.
Each drawer features intricately carved moldings with rose, acanthus leaf, and rocaille décor which is complemented by similar designs across the apron and sides. Note also the beautiful bronze daisy pull handles and key escutcheons. The commode rests on four strongly curved legs in a cabriole style finished with four elegant escargot feet. The feet are accented with carved acanthus leaves, adding grace, charm, and balance to the piece. The sides of the commode are molded and paneled, with a carved shell motif on the low crosspieces. In addition to dining and entertaining spaces, with its museum-quality condition and rich walnut patina, it would make a stunning addition to any space.
Approx. overall 36½" high x 55" wide x 26½" deep
Approx. overall 93cm high x 140cm wide x 67cm deep