Small French 19th Century Louis XV Transition Marquetry Commode or Chest of Drawers, so-called “sauteuse entre-deux” made by Hopilliart & Leroy/Paris, mid 19th century:
standing on four cabriole standing with two gilt-bronze sabots the commode shows a breakfront “à ressaut”, rounded corners and two large and one frieze drawers. The two large drawers show an excellent and rich marquetry “sans travers” with a central oval cartouche which is decorated with a large flower bouquet in a basket. The cartouche is framed by treillage pattern à la Reine panels. The sides of the commode show panels of trompe l’oeil treillage pattern, framed by Greek key banding. A Belge Rouge marble slap on the top of the commode or sauteuse. Neoclassical bronze applications and Louis XV sabots at the feet. The top of the commode and the back of the marble slap bear the stamp of the Paris manufacturer “Hopiliart & Leroy Paris 12 rue de St.Pères”.
The shape and the rich floral marquetry of the Transition style commode d’entre deux is inspired by models of famous 18th century cabinet makers such as Pierre Harry Mewesen (master since 1766) or Jacques Dubois (master since 1742), whose piece can be admired today in the most important museum collections such as the Wallace Collection in London or the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The workshop Hopiliart was founded 1781 and soon specialized on excellent furniture inspired by famous antique furniture pieces of the Louis XV and Louis XVI period. One of the most famous clients of Hopiliart & Leroy was Marcle Proust, the writer of “The Search of Lost Time”.
Condition: very good, min. wear consistent with age and use, min. fading – detailed condition report on request