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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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REGENCY MAHAGONY DRUM TABLE circa 1810

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A gorgeous circular top with inset gilt-tooled leather surface above a frieze containing four drawers on an original piece. ( A pity I am unable to show  here as pic is a protected copy ) Its four drawers alternates with simulated drawers. 

It is raised on a turned standard with four cabriole legs ending in brass paw feet.

30 1/2″ high x 47″ diameter

 

 

 

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 Another of my many favourites is the Lowboy or Dressing Table.  

Lowboys date from the William and Mary period and the form reached its peak during the Queen Anne period.

The early pieces were much heavier in the feel and look as it had stretchers.  From the Queen Anne period onwards to the late Georgian period found mostly simpler form, such as straight or tapered legs and the form went sterile.

There were exceptions though, especially towards the late Georgian period- where high rococo pieces still on cabriole legs with whorl or ball and claw feet,  often brilliantly carved carcasses with superb fne gilt brasses. The molded tops are highly desirable compared to the plain ones. 

 

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A close resemblance to a magnificent Chippendale style hand carved lowboy after a Philadephia prototype. Its fully carved ends and front carved quarter colomns..and  Cross hatching on leg and skirt is somewhat unusual characteristic found on Philadephia lowboys or even highboys.

Even though this is a humble reproduction but still, the skilled carpenter who had made this piece from a personal order has been superbly executed and highest level of satisfaction accomplished.

33 1/8″ wide x 20 1/2″deep x 30″ high

 

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 (fl’s file    Personal Journal in Designing Ideas)

 

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