Commode by Jean Baptiste Courte

This exquisite French provincial commode is crafted from burr walnut veneer on oak carcass, showcasing the natural beauty and unique patterns of the wood. It features three spacious drawers with original brass hardware, offering ample storage space. The elegant Louis XVI style is evident in the fluted pilasters adorning the sides, adding classical sophistication. The turned tapering fluted legs provide stability and visual interest, while the Nero PortPortoro marble top adds a luxurious and durable surface.

The dimensions of this stunning piece are height 86 cm, width 124 cm, and depth 56 cm. It is stamped by Jean Baptiste Courte, a renowned cabinet maker who achieved his master status on September 20, 1777, in Dijon, France. Courte’s exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident in the high-quality construction and exquisite design of this commode, making it a true masterpiece of French provincial furniture.

A marquetry commode of comparable form by Courte is preserved in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, showcasing the skill and artistry of this esteemed cabinet maker. The piece is also stamped with the signature “COURTE,”. His work is also mentioned in several notable books, including “L’ébénisterie provinciale en France au XVIIIe siècle et Abraham Nicolas Couleru” by Bernard Deloche et Jean-Yves Mornand, published in 2011, “Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIème Siècle” by Pierre Kjellberg, published in 2002, and “Demoulin et Courte, Ebénistes Dijonnais” by Catherine Gras, featured in L’Estampille magazine in June 1980. These references highlight Courte’s significant contributions to the field of cabinet making and his esteemed status as a master craftsman. The present commode, with its burr walnut veneer, fluted pilasters, turned tapering fluted legs, and Nero Portoro marble top, exemplifies the exquisite design and attention to detail characteristic of Courte’s work.

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