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Final - 1 Commode French Early Neoclassical ca 1760-1790...

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1. Commode French Early Neoclassical ca. 1760-1790 This French commode is most likely made out of mahogany, the cabinet grade wood during this time. It is neoclassic because it is lower to the ground and the apron piece looks additive. Also, the emperor ormolu and the small, fine parquetry are characteristic of this time. It is transitional because of its somewhat serpentine curves. It is not English neoclassical because of its excessive use of bold ormolu. 2. Fauteuil French Late Neoclassical ca. 1790-1830 This fauteuil exemplifies the style that desired to associate Napoleon’s empire with the grandeur that was Rome. It was strongly influenced by classical and Egyptian motifs. The wood of choice was mahogany but this piece is most likely to be constructed out of beech wood due to the fact that mahogany is too valuable of a wood to ebonize. There was slightly more gilding on furniture than earlier in the period. The splat has a classical pierced trellis-pattern which could be removable to increase or decrease its value. The leafage ormolu mounts label this
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