Ref#C-1813 | Description
Our fine reproduction of the astonishing XVIIIth century Louis XV Rococo Vernis Martin style ormolu-mounted bleu et blanc commode galbée of Madame de Mailly after the model by master Mathieu Criaerd Circa 1742, Paris, now located in Louvre Museum,
The fine piece with serpentine shaped eared moulded top above two conforming twp long deep drawers professionally hand painted by our artisans as the original piece with equatorial fauna and floral pattern within a highly chiseled and burnished gilt-ormolu foliate trimmed border issuing Rococo motives of shell C scrolls, branches and leaves with leafy ormolu handles emerged from the decoration,
Each corner with exquisite large pierced ormolu foliate chutes terminating with extraordinary volute wrap around foliate and acanthus ormolu sabots covering the cabriole legs. The sides has the same movements.
In 1739, Louis XV acquired the castle of Choisy. The furniture in the blue room, commissioned by merchant Hébert, was to match a blue silk spun by Madame de Mailly and to satisfy the taste of the favorite for Oriental works of art. Hébert appealed to the cabinetmaker Matthieu Criaerd to make the commode of the room and its corner. It is quite emblematic of the commodes made by Criaerd.
In 1742, the room of the favorite received an elaborate decoration. Madame de Mailly having offered the king of the silk she had spun, Louis XV. Had a piece of moire with blue and white stripes, which was assigned to the room. The room was then painted white and blue. The Merchant mercierHebert and the upholsterer Sallior were charged with executing the furniture. They had both to take into account the colors of silk and the taste of Madame de Mailly for China.
Although merchant mercier Hébert was called upon, it was primarily the merchant mercier Julliot who provided a convenientPlated in varnish of China. Hébert therefore delivered furniture matching this chest of drawers. This is probably a provisional piece of furniture replaced by blue and white furniture. This choice confirms the marked taste of Madame de Mailly for the oriental-inspired objects that can be found in all the decor created for the favorite. Hebert also supplied white and blue China porcelains and silvered frogs decorated with Chinese children for the same apartment. For the blue furnishings Hebert appealed to the cabinetmaker Matthieu Criaerd.
Matthieu Criaerd delivered a chest of drawers and a corner, Today at the Louvre Museum. The chest of drawers has two long drawers and presents the same appearance as the chest of drawers delivered for Queen Marie Lecksinska by BVRB at Fontainebleau in 1737. It is covered with Martin blue and white varnishes inspired by Chinese motifs with lots of Freedom and mainly representing birds and exotic plants. The silver bronze decoration is typical of Criaerd. It is composed of falls along the bones of the feet and openwork clogs. The frames are formed by volutes juxtaposed and the central cartridge in the form of a violin is made of undulations pierced with oves and volutes with decoration of branches.
125x 75 x 45cm
Mathieu Criaerd (1689-1776) - Master's degree obtained on July 29, 1738: From the Traversière-Saint-Antoine street where he practices, Mathieu Criard, brother of Antoine Criard, is undoubtedly the most talented and Of this family of cabinet-makers.
After having worked for Jean-François Oeben until his death in 1763, he will provide merchant-mercier Hébert from his workshop on Rue Traversière. His style is characterized by Louis XV furniture of good quality and neat. He also produces a large number of dressers, which reveal in themselves a glimpse of the evolution of the style and the decorative styles of furniture of the first part of the eighteenth century.
His first commodes, right or "in tomb" borrow from the Regency models, dressed in dark woods, Adorned with classical bronzes. His works Louis XV are characterized by their veneer of rosewood or violet but also by marquetries of satin and amaranth with motifs of braces on all their faces. These commodes are decorated with a bronze decoration composed of thin foliage, foliage, garlands, always very beautifully chiseled. This same decoration is visible when it accompanies the decorations of lacquer of China or Martin varnish in the extreme oriental taste that the cabinetmaker uses. Louvre Museum.
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