Exceptional Louis XIV ormolu-mounted ebony, brass and red tortise shell-inlaid Boulle marquetry Mazarine commode attributed to Nicolas Sageot. Inlaid overall in première partie and contre-partie elements with interlaced foliate strapwork, Berainesque grotesque scenes, butterflies, birds and masks beneath draped canopies, the rounded and moulded rectangular top centred by a reserve with the figure of Apollo on a chariot pulled by a quadriga, above a serpentine front with two short and three long drawers similarly decorated with floral sprays, each centred by a satyr-mask escutcheon, the sides centred by a mask, the canted angles above foliate hoof feet.
Nicolas Sageot, received Master in 1706, the son of a wine grower, was born in Samaize-les-Bains in 1666. He appears to have become active around 1690 and is first recorded as working in Grande Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1698 where, before being accepted by the cabinet-makers guild, he had worked as an ouvrier libre. He married, in 1711, Marie-Brigitte Roussel, the daughter of the ébéniste Jacques Roussel and his workshop appeared to prosper until around 1720, when he stopped working and sold his stock. The expensive nature of his business is revealed by the sale, in 1720, to Léonard Prieur, Marchand Mercier Grossier Joaillier Privilégié suivant la Cour of 16,000 livres of furniture. His production seems to have principally consisted of important armoires, commodes and bureaux. The inventory of the workshop made upon the death of his wife in 1729, records an important stock of brass and tortoiseshell. Nicolas Sageot died the 8 January 1731. It is important to note that the first estampille ever to be recorded on a piece of French furniture appears to be that of Sageot, whose stamp was found on a bureau mazarin, while the second stamp recorded was that of Etienne Doirat (d.1732), on a commode à deux tiroirs sans traverse apparente (as discussed in R. Verdier, le Style Régence, 1984, p. 124).
Really good condition
Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe siècle, Pierre Kjellberg, Les Éditions de l'Amateur - 2002. André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732), un nouveau style pour l'Europe, Jean Nérée Ronfort, Somogy Éditions d'Art, Paris, 2009. L'Estampille - L'Objet d'Art n° 266, Pierre Grand, Février 1993.