Saturday, 6 December 2014

Madame de Mailly's Commode

Madame de Mailly - known to history as one of Louis XV's many mistresses - was the proud owner of this beautiful commode by Matthew Criaerd. The style is an imitation of the oriental lacquer which was quite fashionable at the time; though the bright blue and white is more Versailles than the Far East.

Notice that the details are painted silver but is actually made of bronze. This is quite rare since most furnitures of this time would have golden carvings rather than silver - especially when the material already had a golden shine to it. The commode is estimated to have been finished in 1742.

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