Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Marie Antoinette's Commode & fall front secretary


Exquisite Commode/chest of drawers & fall front secretary made for French Queen Marie Antoinette. Made of beautifully detailed figured Mahogany veneered on oak, gilt-bronze ormolu mounts, white marble top. Gilt-bronze moldings imitate basketry on the pieces, as do the capitals of the side columns. The top drawers are decorated with a scrolling border of sunflowers, leaves, and thistles. Attributed to: Jean-Ferdinand Schwerdfeger, French, active 1760–1798. This set was acquired in Paris by James Swan, Boston, MA Possibly part of furnishings made for Marie-Antoinette's Trellis Bedchamber at the Petit Trianon on the grounds of Versailles, near Paris. Check out my blog on the Swan collection of 18th century furniture to see more examples of 18th century French masterpieces James Swan acquired in Paris.


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