A Louis XV commode, by Criaerd

A Louis XV commode, by Criaerd

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A Louis XV period kingwood and ormolu mounted commode, by Criaerd. Circa 1750

 

A fine Louis XV period tulipwood and kingwood marquetry and ormolu mounted commode by Antoine Criaerd. Paris circa 1750.

 

A fine Louis XV period tulipwood and kingwood marquetry and ormolu mounted commode by Antoine Criaerd, brother of the better known ébéniste Mathieu Criaerd. Having the original hand cut moulded edged and serpentine shaped Breche D’Alep marble top supported by a serpentine and bombe shaped pine carcass. Each end quarter veneered in kingwood (Bois de violette) and each walnut-lined drawer bordered with a cross grain moulding and then quarter veneered with a parquetry of kingwood and tulipwood. Mounted with good quality ormolu mounts, escutcheons and handles. Stamped indistinctly “AERD” for CRIAERD. 

This is a lovely example of a very elegantly proportioned Louis XV period commode now with a mellow faded colour and the bonus of retaining its original and rather wonderful marble top. Another commode by this maker can be found in the Musée Jacquemart André Chaalis. For other examples of similar commodes from this period by Criaerd, see page 212 of “Le Mobilier Français du XVIII Siècle”, Pierre Kjellberg, 1989.

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