A Louis XVI gilt-bronze mounted kingwood and amaranth commode or chest of drawers with a shaped moulded mottled grey marble top above two long drawers of break-front form inlaid sans traverse with sycamore stringing, with a shaped apron set with a symmetrical gilt-bronze apron mount of foliage. On square tapering legs with gilt-bronze sabots.
Attributed to Jacob Jauffmann, a cabinet-maker who was born in Germany (Weingarten) and settled in Lyon, marrying and becoming a maitre ebeniste in the year of 1770. He mainly worked in the transition and Louis XVI style. Beside the attribution on stylistic grounds, an allocation to Lyon is also owed to the fact that the structural wood not oak but a softwood.
Bernard Deloche, Jean-Yves Mornand: L’Ébénisterie provinciale en France au XVIIIe siècle et Abraham Nicolas Couleru, Dijon 2011, p. 69- 71, fig. 71
Condition: very good, min. wear consistent with age and use, min. fading – detailed condition report on request