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Fine Charles X style commode, with three drawers, and central demilune shape, veneer inlaid, with black hand painted decorations, raised on inlaid tapered legs.
H: 90 cm
W: 140 cm
D: 55 cm
Charles X style:
Charles X, The Count of Artois, brother of Louis XVI and Louis XVIII, inherited the thrown in 1824. A great patron of the arts in the Ancien Régime (Former Regime), he later lost interest. During his reign, style was adapted to the tastes and needs of the new Bourgeois society. The novels of Balzac describe the comfortable apartments adapted to the new focus on family life.
The important furniture and cabinet makers of the times were the sons of Georges Jacob, Baudry, Jeanselme, Bellange, and Jean Jacques Werner.
Light colored woods, yellow or bleached, such as lemon tree, maple, sycamore, orange tree, plane wood and the delicate gnarl of elm, of ash or Ambon wood were dominant. Marquetry was minimal: inlays of amaranth, de holly or rosewood, dark woods that contrast with the lighter hues. Stylized clasps and palmettes motifs were thus inlaid, fine lines of inlay underlined the structure of the furniture.