attributed to Charles Cressent / Louis XV Commode / about 1745attributed to Charles Cressent
Louis XV Commode
about 1745

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Creator Name: Cressent, Charles
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1685 - 1768
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: attributed to Charles Cressent
Title: Louis XV Commode
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1743
Creation End Date: 1747
Creation Date: about 1745
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: satinwood and purple hart, gilt bronze mounts, marble top
Dimensions: H.35-3/4 x W.57 x D.26-1/4 in.
Inscriptions: MARK
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 79.11
Credit Line: Gift of the Groves Foundation

French furniture of the highest quality during the eighteenth century was adorned with gilt bronze, or ormolu mounts. Charles Cressent, a leading French cabinetmaker, was especially noted for his elaborate rococo gilt bronze mounts. He had trained as a sculptor before turning to cabinetry and his mounts display a strong three-dimensional organic quality. On this commode or cabinet, the mounts are of acanthus and ivy leaves. Cressent had his furniture mounts chased and gilded in his own workshop, an unusual practice which was against strict guild regulations, although this allowed him to maintain quality and to keep others from copying his mounts.

AMICA ID: MIA_.79.11
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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