Masterful Elegance: The Louis XV Bombe Commode by Jean-Baptiste Hédouin

The Important Louis XV Bombe Commode, bearing the distinct stamp of I B Hedouin, is a remarkable piece of furniture that epitomizes the opulence and craftsmanship of the 18th century in France. Crafted during the reign of Louis XV, this commode showcases the exquisite artistry and attention to detail that defined the era’s furniture design.

The commode is a true masterpiece, with its three sides lavishly adorned in amaranth and kingwood veneers, and intricately adorned with rich floral marquetry. The marquetry work, a hallmark of the Louis XV style, features an array of delicate and intricate floral patterns, which were meticulously created using veneers of different wood species. This technique created a stunning contrast and added a sense of depth and dimension to the piece.

The front of the commode boasts a distinctive bombe form, characterized by its voluptuous, curvaceous shape that adds a sense of drama and elegance to the furniture. It features two short drawers positioned above two long drawers, all designed ‘sans travers,’ meaning without a central dividing rail. This design choice not only enhances the visual harmony of the commode but also showcases the exceptional skill of the craftsman, who was able to construct such a complex and seamless piece.

One of the most striking features of this Louis XV Bombe Commode is its original marble top, adorned with a scalloped border. This marble top not only adds a luxurious touch but also complements the overall design by harmonizing with the curvaceous silhouette of the commode.

The stamp of I B Hedouin found in three locations on this piece is a testament to the masterful craftsmanship of Jean-Baptiste Hédouin, who received his master’s certification in 1738. Hédouin was a renowned furniture maker of his time, known for his exceptional skill and attention to detail. His work is highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs of 18th-century French furniture.

Comparable pieces by Jean-Baptiste Hédouin have also commanded significant attention in the auction market. For example, a large two-drawer marquetry commode, measuring 149cm wide and 86cm high, was sold at Christie’s in Paris on June 24, 2009, during Sale 5570, achieving a price of €58,600. Another smaller marquetry two-drawer commode by Hédouin found its way to Sotheby’s, where it was sold on October 29, 2008, in Amsterdam during Sale AM1059, Lot 176.

In summary, the Louis XV Bombe Commode by Jean-Baptiste Hédouin is a testament to the grandeur and sophistication of 18th-century France. Its impeccable craftsmanship, exquisite marquetry, and elegant design make it a treasured example of the luxurious furniture commissioned during this opulent era.


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Important Louis XV Bombe Commode Stamped I B Hedouin

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Important Louis XV Bombe Commode Stamped I B Hedouin, the three sides profusely veneered amaranth and kingwood in rich floral marquetry, the front of bombe form, with two short drawers above two long, all ‘sans travers’. Retaining its original marble top with a scalloped border. Stamped in three locations I B Hedouin
Jean-Baptiste Hédouin received master in 1738.
  • Height: 86 cm (33.8 inches)
  • Width: 149 cm (58.6 inches)
  • Depth: 66 cm (26 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 86 cm (33.8 inches)
  • Width: 149 cm (58.6 inches)
  • Depth: 66 cm (26 inches)


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