A French late 19th/early 20th century bois satine commode a vantaux, after an eighteenth century model by Benneman
The marble top above three frieze drawers above a pair of cupboard doors enclosing six drawers, the whole profusely embellished with gilt bronze mounts,
Paris, date circa 1890
Height 100 cm, width 187 cm, depth 67.5 cm
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. Benneman was influential in introducing a more disciplined neoclassical approach to furniture design with emphasis on pure outlines and architectural references that were to predominate under the Consulat and Empire.