20th century Louis XVI style ormolu mounted mahogany Commode a Vantaux, in the manner of Guillaume Benneman, the molded and shaped green marble top with outset corners and incurvate sides over a conforming case with oak leaf frieze above a pair of doors applied with a mask of Medusa surmounted by a plumed helmet, quivers of arrows, flags, battle axes and meandering foliage opening to reveal a shelved interior flanked by the angles formed as ribbon-tied arrow clusters, above a straight apron cast with bands of entrelac, on hairy paw feet on discs. Height 37", width 61", depth 22.75. This commode is a copy of the commode supplied by Guillaume Benneman for Louis XVI's apartments at CompiÃ¨gne in 1786. The original was probably made by Sauvage for the Comte de Provence and was later adapted by Benneman under the instruction of HaurÃ© for Louis XVI's Cabinet du Conseil at Fontainebleau, where it remains today (see J. Meuvret et al., French Cabinet Makers of the Eighteenth Century, 1963, p. 309).
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