Late 18th Century Louis XVI Chest of Drawers from Milan
Extraordinary Italian Louis XVI commode dating back to late 18th century. Walnut veneered and inlaid with three drawers on the front, a small one and two lower bigger drawers. Very elegant, with perfect proportions, this Italian commode of Milanese origin stands on tapered pyramidal legs. Marquetry is obtained with many precious woods, walnut and threaded in boxwood and cherry wood. The veneer is placed obliquely in a herringbone pattern, to form both on the sides and on the front, elegant opposite contrasts within inlaid frames. See picture details. The inside of the drawers is made of spruce, partially lined with paper, whereas the molded jutting frames are made of solid walnut. The geometric arrangement of the veneer dates this chest of drawers to late 18th century. Quite good overall condition, wear consistent with age and use, it comes from a private Milanese residence. The top shows some scratches and dark patina and overall minor veneer losses and detachments, traces of its 250-year history.
A professional restoring and French polishing with gommalacca shellac will be recommended, will cost approximately 2500 euros and it will take around three weeks.
height: 89 cm
width: 118 cm
depth: 59 cm
A superb Louis XVI ormolu mounted and white Carrara marble temple mantel clock, white enamelled dial marked Bergmiller a Paris, watchmaker active in Paris, atelier in rue du Petit-Lion Sanit-Sauveur from 1810 up to 1830, follower of Rouviere, Louis XVI king's horologer.
This exceptional French portico mantel clock is richly decorated with Retour d'Egypte style gilt cast bronze ornamental motifs, of EXTREME HIGH QUALITY CHASING. View enclosed image detail of scrolls, festoons, eagle finial, female sphink, caryatid pilasters, flowers elements and cherubs frieze.
Having a Bergmiller a Paris inscribed white enamel dial with Roman hours and Arabic quarters, Breguet hands, grand tail movement of Paris, striking hours and half hours, 7 days charging time and sun face pendulum on adjustable silk suspension.
The white Carrara marble structure with eagle finial flanked by two dark patinated bronze female sphinx, on column terminal above movement suspended between marble columns with gilt caryatid pilasters and sphinx terminals, A stepped marble front plinth with relief panel decorated with harvesting putti and animals and side with floral elements, raised on circular feet.
In working order and excellent condition, minor slight fellures in the dial substrate. 24 inches high x 17,72 x 5,12".