French 18 Century Louis XVI Transitional Marble Topped Marquetry Commode


A period 18thC French two drawer chest circa 1780.  The oak carcass veneered in various exotic woods in an overall geometric design.  The large inlaid oval panel to the front shows various musical instruments in a heraldic fashion.  Both drawers have ivory escutcheons.  The cabinet is stamped JME for (jurande des menuisiers-ébénistes). To date no stamped makers name has been found on the piece.

From 1743 onward, it became the rule to stamp every piece of furniture that was offered for sale with the maker’s name. An additional stamp, JME, would be added once a committee, made up of elected guild members who inspected the workshops four times a year, had approved the quality. Any furniture that failed to meet the required standards of craftsmanship was confiscated.

Dimensions: 30″ W (76cm) x 18″D ( 46 cm ) D x 32″ ( 81 cm ) H

Ref. FB VS4024

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