Commode by Pierre Garnier
This rigorously parallelepiped commode rests on four fluted tapering legs topped with molded ormolu capitals ending in circular hoof feet enhanced with matt bands. It opens on the front with two large drawers sans traverse and a narrower frieze drawer underlined with a molded mahogany rail running along each of the small sides. The general design alternates flat surfaces with slightly protruding pilasters at the angles.
The cabinet maker emphasis on the preciousness of the mahogany wood highlights the importance of this variety during the reign of Louis XVI. The use of ormolu ornaments such as escutcheons, handles, angle mounts and apron appears here to be almost exclusively practical. The very distinctive pull handles shaped as flaming urns reminiscent of the Greek style were very popular in 1760. The commode is crowned with a molded brèche d’Alep marble top.