The "Seckendorff" Commode.
IMPORTANT AND RARE BAROQUE COMMODE BY FRANCOIS LIEUTAUD (CA.1665-1748). AFTER A DESIGN BY JEAN BERAIN, OWNED BY THE COUNT PALATINE CHRISTOPH FRIEDRICH VON SECKENDORFF-ABERDAR (1679-1759), DIPLOMAT AND MINISTER OF BRANDENBURG-ANSBACH,
France, Paris ca. 1728/30.
Oak body with amaranth in veneer and parqueted. Shaped top, edged in brass and with inlaid brass, and parqueted surface in veneer. The front, with 2 rows of drawers. The four upper drawers are rectangular, and the 2 lower drawers have a cut-out, framing the gilt bronze mask. Very fine handles and finely worked escutcheons. The sides and the legs, framed with brass fillets. Solid locks with gilt covers. The key features the coat-of-arms of the Count Palatine von Seckendorff-Aberdar.
80 x 130 x 65 cm.