Louis XVI Commode walnut, Southern Germany, 1780.
The Louis XVI commode stands out for its different walnut veneer grains. Cherry marquetry flower decorations and geometric bands separate them from each other. Additionally, a beautiful marquetry consisting of two baskets hanging down from a robe decorates the sloped corners of this chest of drawers.
The commode has a nice size and would be the perfect eye catcher in any interior design project.
The Louis XVI style emerged in France around 1780. It saw the final phase of the Baroque style as well as the birth of French Neoclassicism. The style was a reaction against the elaborate ornament of the preceding Baroque period. The wallpaintings which were discovered in Pompeii had a big impact on the developing Neoclassical style in continental Europe.
The so called “Zopfstil,” a German word for the Neoclassical style that started around 1770, is a contemporary of the Louis XVI style.
Zopfstil means “pig-tail style,” which alluded to the ancien régime. More modern and geometric decoration embellished the traditional furniture in the early parts of this phase.
By the end of the century, the norm was a simple, streamlined design.
Details of this piece
The Louis XVI commode is in very good condition and still has its original vintage finish. It measures H 33.47 in. x W 51.19 in. x D 23.63 inches (H 85 cm x W 130 cm x D 60 cm).
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