Léon de Groër, "Les Arts Décoratifs de 1790 à 1850", 1985, p. 113, pl.200 illustrating a similar commode with gilt bronze mounts by Alexandre-Louis Bellangé in the Musée des Art Décoratifs Paris.
An extremely fine Louis Philippe gilt bronze mounted mahogany commode by Alexandre-Louis Bellangé (1799-1863), the commode and locks both stamped Bellangé Ebéniste du Roi
Paris, date circa 1835-40
Height 96 cm, width 120 cm, depth 56.5 cm
Alexandre-Louis Bellangé was one of the leading Parisian ébénistes during the reign of King Louis Philippe and in 1842 was appointed Ebéniste du Roi. He also supplied King Georg IV of England with furniture for Carlotn House, London as wellas other royalty, aristocracy and society figures of his day. He was the son of the esteemed ébéniste Pierre-Antoine Bellangé (1758-1827) and nephew of Louis-François Bellangé (1759-1827). On the death of both his uncle and father in 1827 he inherited both their businesses, which he continued as two seperate workshops and successfully maintained the individual character of their products.
While light-coloured woods, often ornamented with porcelain plaques had distinguished his uncle's work; his father's pieces were more imposing and were more usually in mahogany and dark woods. Alexandre-Louis also produced a number of Louis V style pieces, thus anticipated a design which reached great popularity under Napoleon III. When Alexandre-Louis retiered in 1855 he handed the business over to his son but the latter only appears to have continued for a few years.