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A little piece of history in a modern home

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A 1750 Louis XV walnut commode looks splendid in this corner in this beautiful home, which goes exceptionally well with the antiques under a post- and- beam ceiling made from 150 year old barn boards.

The Louis XV commode is much lighter in form compared to the Regence commode which was larger and heavier.  The earlier is certainly more graceful, with a curved carcass and having a sharp apron on higher legs.

Some of the finest  Louis XV commodes were covered in fabulous marquetry protected by elaborate bronze mounts. Other desirable commodes of this period was usually lacquered, a technique borrowed from the Chinese.

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I admire this designer’s (Barry Dixon) work where he put together a monastic feel throughout the room, aided by an old painting of the pope.  The elements used were mostly English or Celtic. With clever use of lightings and choice of furniture, it became  ” .. an area of repose humanized by the portraits, a place to retreat to and never have to be alone.”

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