Antique Dresser, Louis XVI period, Germany 1780-1800.
This elegant antique Louis XVI dresser showcases the ideal combination of subtle design and exquisite veneer grains. This original 18th century Louis XVI dresser has three drawers and stands on four square tapering feet. Beautiful walnut and cherry veneer embellishes the dresser. And geometric ribbon inlays, made of boxwood and plum wood, separate the individual veneer fields . As a special feature the handles are mounted on walnut veneer fields in the shape of a brass fitting. Additionally, walnut veneer ovals frame the brass escutcheons.
In Germany the so called “Zopfstil” is a contemporary of the Louis XVI style, which is one of the most notable and emulated styles for furniture and interior design.
It is known for following the English Neoclassical principals. Both styles called for a return to the ideals and aesthetics of classical antiquity.
Zopfstil means “pig-tail style,” which alluded to the ancien régime. In the early parts of this phase, traditional furniture was still produced, though with more modern decoration.
For example, in secrétaires, quadratic, architectural design replaced the flowing, curving forms of the Rococo period.
Also, new marquetry practices restricted it to the center of the drawer, door panel, or fall-front, rather than covering a larger space.
The antique Louis XVI dresser sells in very good refinished and French polished condition. It measures Height: 32.29 in. (82 cm), Width: 40.56 in. (103 cm), Depth: 19.3 in. (49 cm).
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