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A gilt-bronze-mounted Chinese black lacquer commode stamped P. Roussel. Louis XV, circa 1745

marble top associated; mounts regilt. 86.5cm high, 134cm. wide, 66cm. deep;2ft. 10in., 4ft. 4 1/2in, 2ft. 2in. Est. 100,000—150,000 GBP

PROVENANCE: Sold, lot 358, Christie's, Monaco, 20th June 1994 (1,635,000FF)

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Visions of the East at Partridge, 5th November to 19th December, 1999, p. 26, illustrated.

NOTE: Comparative Literature:
Pierre Kjellberg, Le mobilier Français du XVIII siècle, Paris, 1998, p. 733, fig. A, p. 215.
Thibaut Wolversperges, Le Meuble Français en Laque au XVIII siècle, Paris, 2000, p. 304, fig. 168, for a coromandel lacquer commode with identical corner mounts by Roussel.

Pierre Roussel received Master in 1745:
He was the son of an ébéniste and settled in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, in the rue de Charenton. Between 1775 and 1780, he worked for the Prince de Condé and supplied him with 10,000 livres' worth of furniture.The inventory after Roussel's death reveals that a large amount of furniture was in tulipwood, marquetry, bois satiné or amaranth and many pieces were in lacquer. He also employed the services of the bronziers Turchin, Ravrio and the gilder Trufot.

A Chinese lacquer commode stamped by the same maker, once in the Jaime Ortiz-Patino collection with virtually identical knee mounts was sold Sotheby's, New York, 22nd May 2001, lot 319.

Pierre Roussel received Master in 1745:
He was the son of an ébéniste and settled in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, in the rue de Charenton. Between 1775 and 1780, he worked for the Prince de Condé and supplied him with 10,000 livres' worth of furniture.The inventory after Roussel's death reveals that a large amount of furniture was in tulipwood, marquetry, bois satiné or amaranth and many pieces were in lacquer. He also employed the services of the bronziers Turchin, Ravrio and the gilder Trufot.

A Chinese lacquer commode stamped by the same maker, once in the Jaime Ortiz-Patino collection with virtually identical knee mounts was sold Sotheby's, New York, 22nd May 2001, lot 319.

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