A Louis XV ormolu-mounted black and gilt vernis Européen exceptional commode stamped by Louis Foureau. The serpentine-shaped molded breche d'Alep marble top above two drawers sans traverse decorated with chinese figures in a landscape, in an ormolu frame, above cabriole legs headed by foliate chutes and scroll sabots. Louis XV piece of furniture circa 1750-1760.
Louis Foureau received Master 27 November 1755. During about thirty years this cabinetmaker, established on rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, will devote himself almost exclusively to the manufacture of furniture decorated with varnishes in the taste of China. From classic models, his first Louis XV furniture, mainly rather elegant curved chests of drawers, are sometimes adorned with rocailles bronze frames. Afterwards, Louis Foureau seems to favour the decorations to the detriment of the forms. His chests of drawers, his corners, his secretaries, his Transition or Louis XVI ragpickers are decorated with landscapes, animals, animated scenes inspired by the Far East, which unfold in full on all their surface, constituting in that their originality. Furniture in the whole well balanced but of very simple lines and practically devoid of bronzes or any other decorative research. A few rare pieces of furniture from Foureau are decorated with fairly fine marquetry of flowers and birds.
Really good condition
Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe siècle, Pierre Kjellberg, Les Éditions de l'Amateur - 2002.
Provenance, private collection, Brussels (acquired, in June 1949, from Lucien Kraemer, rue Monceau in Paris).