Late 19th century

A large Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze mounted Commode À Vantaux, After the 18th Century Model By Guillaume Benneman for the Queen Marie-Antoinette. The shaped marble top with projecting corners above three frieze drawers with panels of scrolling foliate acanthus framing a lion's head above two cupboard doors decorated with a demi-lune panel of applied gilt-bronze scrolling acanthus with a ribbon-hung garland above a central circular gilt-bronze plaque in the manner of Clodion, framed by corresponding acanthus spandrels. The doors opening to reveal an interior fitted with six drawers. The sides similarly embellished and the whole raised on toupie feet with gilt-bronze palmette sabots.

Size: H94cm X W178cm X D65cm

Lit: The commode was designed by Jospeh Stockel and Benneman for Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, and delivered in 1786. It was intended for the game room (“Salon des Jeux”) at the Fontainebleau castle and is still visible in the museum today.