The Wallace Collection

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Commode
  • Commode
  • Nicolas-Jean Marchand (1697 - after 1755)
  • France
  • 1755
  • Oak veneered with rosewood and satiné (on interior of doors), gilt bronze and brèche violette marble
  • Object size: 83 x 97.5 x 59.4 cm
  • Stamp: 'MARCHAND' (three times) 'JME'
    Inscription: 'du No 2016 / 2' Painted
  • F70
  • Small Drawing Room
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  • Originally mounted with Chinese lacquer, this chest-of-drawers was delivered with its pair for the bedroom of Louis XV at the palace of Fontainebleau in 1755. The two were made by Nicolas-Jean Marchand, a cabinet-maker about whom not much is known. He appears to have been sub-contracted by Gilles Joubert, who was a cabinet-maker himself and who was the official supplier for the king. Joubert delivered the two chests-of-drawers at the same time as another pair, also mounted in Chinese lacquer, for the queen’s bedroom. One of these is also in the Wallace Collection (F88).
    Although called a chest-of-drawers in English, the cupboard has doors that open to reveal an interior shelf rather than drawers. It is now veneered with rosewood on the outside, and satiné inside the doors. At some stage in the nineteenth century the lacquer has been taken off, maybe because it was damaged or perhaps because it was no longer considered as fashionable as rosewood, a veneer that was popular in England in the early nineteenth century.