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Charles Cressent (French, Amiens 1685–1768 Paris)
ca. 1745–49
French, Paris
Pine and oak veneered with amaranth and bois satiné; drawer bottoms of walnut, drawer sides of oak, drawer fronts of pine; gilt-bronze mounts; portoro marble top
34 1/2 x 55 x 22 3/4 in. (87.6 x 139.7 x 57.8cm)
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 539
Cressent is known to have made a group of commodes of this kind over the years, all with a serpentine facade, shaped doors in the sides, rounded forecorners, and extraordinary sculptural mounts. This commode can be dated to 1745–49 because of a tax stamp for that period found on the gilt-bronze mounts that were, against guild regulations, cast, chased and gilded in Cressent's own workshop.
Inscription: Trade card of the dealer Rousselot pasted to the top beneath the marble: "Au Chasteau de Vincennes, Rue de la Monoye, vis à vis la Porte des Balanciers de la Monoye. Rousselot, marchand Mercier-Joyalier, Vend Glaces de toute grandeurs pour les Appartements & Carrosses, Miroirs, Trumeaux & Cheminées de Glace de toutes facons; Bureaux, Commodes, Secretaires, Tables, Coffres, Cabarets, Toilettes & autre Ouvrages de Marqueterie & Ebenisterie de toutes sortes, Bois & Vernis, enrichis de Bronze dorée d'or moulu, ou en couleur; Tables de Marbre sans pieds & avec pieds, & autres Emmeublements de Bois sculptez & dorez; Bras, Feux, Flambeaux & autres Ouvrages de Cuivre dorez d'or moulu...; Porcelain de la Chine & du Japon, garnies ou non garnies..."

Marking: Stamped on mounts in numerous places: crowned C mark (1745–49)
[ Galerie Charpentier (in 1952; sale, March 27, 1952, lot 92 (provenance not given) ] ; Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
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