**SERIOUS OFFERS INVITED** Recently removed from the basement of a very well known London premises where it had been residing collecting dust over many years. We have only lightly cleaned off the dust to photograph the piece and please note that we have used a flash for some images to show the gilding beneath the dust. Please note this item is for collection ONLY! Superb and rarely found Louis XVI style commode a vantaux, fantastic opportunity requiring light restoration. These very desirable pieces are now in high demand. Condition report: Small veneer missing lower left hand door. Bottom hinges to doors require attention. Small area of damage to right hand rear. Bronze mounts are all present. This impressive and rare Louis XVI style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany, Kingwood Commode à Vantaux, after a model by Guillaume Benneman and Joseph Stöckel, and dating from the late 19th Century. Stöckel and Benneman designed the original model this commode is based on for Marie-Antoinette for the Salon des Jeux at Fontainebleau. Guillaume Benneman was the chief ébéniste to Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette from 1786 to 1792, producing many fine pieces for the Royal Chateaux at Versailles and Fontainebleau under the directorship of Jean Hauré until 1788 and later under Thierry de Ville d'Avray. This model was also executed later by the world renowned cabinet maker Francois Linke. Of trapezoid form with green variegated marble top above ormolu oak-leaf leaved frieze, set with a pair of drawers, above a pair of panelled doors with a central ormolu mask surmounted by plumed helmet, quivers of arrows, battle axes and meandering foliage, panelled concave sides with ribbon-tied fluted corners. The pair of doors open to reveal a large cupboard which is fitted with a central shelf, the cabinet is raised on large ormolu acanthus-sheathed hairy paw feet.
19th Century Louis XVI Style Commode A Vantaux C.1890