Imperial French Empire Commode ||| Secretaire á Abattant ||| Attributed to Bernard Molitor

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A magnificent early 19th century Empire commode and Secretaire á Abattant en suite, attributed to Bernard Molitor. Veneered throughout in rich burr elmwood and fitted with gilt-bronze mounts of the highest quality.

This important suite is stamped on the Imperial green leather writing surface with the crowned eagle of Napoleon I.

France, circa 1810
Secretaire Height 145cm Width 104.5 Depth 43.5cm
Commode Height 94cm Width 136.5cm Depth 61.5cm

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Typifying the style and high-quality work made by the esteemed ébéniste Bernard Molitor (1755 1833), this commode and secrétaire à abattant en suite share many characteristics from his oeuvre. Such aspects include their restrained, yet monumental form, their tapering pilasters above carved lion paw feet, the use of a burr elm veneer over a solid oak carcass, combined with the finest gilt-bronze mounts. Among close comparisons by and attributed to this leading Empire ébéniste is a mahogany commode stamped B. Molitor, of circa 1803-5 as well as an attributed mahogany commode of 1802 in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, respectively illustrated in Ulrich Leben’s definitive monograph, Molitor, Ebéniste from the Ancien Régime to the Bourbon Restoration, 1992, p. 180, cat. no. 19, and p. 181, cat. no. 21. As here, the latter two combine similar gilt-bronze female term heads above angular supports and carved lion paw feet, the same lion head ring handles on each of the three drawers as well as a simple marble top above an equally restrained frieze.

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