French Directoire furniture preserves the elegant and stately characteristics of earlier periods. But, like Gustavian design, the Directoire style is much more restrained. This moderation is evident in the elongated, uncomplicated shapes and clear lines of most pieces.
The elegant commode offered here has the typical, straight-lined design, a reminiscent of the Louis XVI period, and appealing carved details. Plum and elm tree veneer and the grey marble top add to the elegant character of this unique commode. The original brass fittings are modest compared to its predecessors of the Louis XV period and are therefore one of the typical features of the French Directoire furniture style. Inexpensive materials like elm, walnut, fruitwood, beech, the materials of choice in this time.and other woods were
While this period was economically and socially troubled, personal wealth among private citizens grew. And as it did, so did the demand for furniture. Instead of the more expensive mahogany, cabinetmakers preferred homegrown types of wood. It was wasn’t until Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power that French furniture would return to its earlier extravagance.
The commode is in very good condition and measures 35.34 x 31.5 x 17.72 inches.
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