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Commode Medaillier

Dasson, Henri, Paris (attrib.) , c. 1870, Furniture: Commode H.91, W. 173

The original of this commode was made as a medal cabinet for Louis XV at Versailles by Antoine Gaudreaux in 1738. Many copies of it were made. A pencil inscription shows that this model was made in France, possibly by Henri Dasson of Paris, c. 1870. The commode has a serpentine front, with doors on which ormolu medallions enclose classical figures mounted on blue plaques. The spreading sides are veneered with diamond trellis patterns in kingwood and tulipwood parquetry. The commode is supported on four ormolu cabriole legs headed by ram’s masks. The top is Rouge Griotte marble. The Commode Medaillier was bought by the LACF in 1913. (Gilbert,C., <i>Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall</i>, Vol. II, 1978.)</span>