The commode has an interior with one shelf. The front and side are bulged out. The front is fitted with to doors instead of drawers. The doors are fitted with a bronze ornamented scutcheon in the middle. The curved corners are mounted with gilt bronze mounts that are decorated with acanthus and flowers. The mounting on the skirt and the scutcheon are decorated with asymmetrical rocailles and flowers.
Front and sides of the commode are decorated with a geometrical inlayed zig-zag pattern that is studded with small rosette-motives. The geometrical pattern is framed in a cartouche.
Measurements: heigth 89 cm, width 144 cm, depth 66 cm.
The lower part of the secrétaire is a cupboard with a shelf that is closed by two doors. The upper part is closed by a leaf that once extended serves as a writing desk. The writing desk is lined with green leather. The interior is veneered with mahogany, boxwood and kingwood. The interior has seven drawers, an open section and a curved shelf. The exterior is decorated on the side and the front with a geometrical inlayed zig-zag pattern that is studded with small rosette-motives. The zigzag pattern is framed in cartouches with ornamented corners.
Ensembles of different types of furniture with a similar decoration were often seen in the 18th century as a means to enhance the unity of an interior. In the Netherlands this practice was copied from the French, who were very strong on the unity and harmony of colours and materials in the interior design.
An identical commode is to be found in the collection of the Markiezenhof in Bergen op Zoom. Undoubtedly these commodes were once eachother’s pendants that might have been seperated when the pieces were auctioned after the owners decease.
Measurements: height 137 cm, width 109 cm, depth 46 cm.
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