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Louis XVI demilune commode Ohneberg chest of drawers

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A Louis XVI demi-lune commode by Martin Ohneberg. Large ormolu-mounted and mahogany chest of drawers. The demilune shaped white-veined grey Sainte-Anne marble top, above three drawers including two - sans traverse -, two small doors 'en frise' and two cupboard doors enclosing shelves, flanked by curved stop-fluted pilasters, on four fluted tapering legs. Stamped Martin Ohneberg, received Master the 7 July 1773. Louis XVI period piece of furniture.

The cabinetmaker Martin Ohneberg is perhaps of German origin. He acquires mastery around the age of thirty-five and first settles down in Rue Traversière-Saint-Antoine in Paris. Later, he is found cour de la Juiverie, where he is still mentioned in 1798. His production, important and of very good quality, was partly destined for merchant haberdashery and upholsterers like the Presle brothers. It belongs entirely to the Transition and Louis XVI styles and includes plain veneer furniture in darker frames, as well as works covered with marquetry. These varied, not very fine but eminently decorative, constitute a speciality of the cabinetmaker. They represent bouquets of flowers, birds, musical attributes, vases, trophies, ribbon knots, draperies, architectural landscapes and ruins that stand out in light tones on the veneer background. Sometimes these motifs are inscribed inside an oval medallion, especially on the top of the secretaries flaps. Rareer are the inlays with geometric decoration. Finally, a certain number of Louis XVI furniture is veneered with mahogany. Ohneberg had a real predilection for chests of drawers. His stamping appears on many Transition chests of drawers, as well as on rectangular or demilune Louis XVI chests of drawers. Louis XVI secretaries, in fairly large numbers, flat or cylinder desks, lady's writing desks complete his production.


  • Time:18th century
  • Origin:France
  • Material or technique:Mahogany
  • Sizes:145 x 94 x 85.5 cm (Width x Height x Depth)
  • Reference:2730

Conservation status

Really good condition

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