Rare, 18th Century Italian Demilune Commode

$18,500.00 Rare, 18th Century Italian Demilune Commode

Rare, 18th Century Italian Demilune Commode


A very special piece: a rare Italian polychrome commode, in demilune shape, having three drawers over a scalloped apron and on cabriole legs. The drawers decorated with urns and garland swags suspended by ribbons and faces and punctuated with birds. Each side of the commode with an oval medallion and the apron centered with a basket of fruit. The top with only remnants of paint. Locks original, which we have had reworked and fitted with keys. 

The commode reflects a transitional period for furniture in the second half of the 18th century: the scalloped apron and cabriole legs being from the rococo era and the highly symmetrical painted decoration, the demilune shape and simply molded drawers harbingers of the emerging neoclassical taste, resulting in a piece that is both charming and elegant. The entire case is in original condition (drawer linings, back, etc.) and due to the ambitious form of the bowed front with drawers, the drawers fronts no longer conform to the case, creating a space between the molded drawer edges and the front of the commode. See image 4. Paint original, though we suspect the medallions were painted over at some point in time.

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  • Date Of Manufacture c. 1780
  • Period 18c
  • Materials Painted Wood
  • Dimensions 41 1/2" tall, 49 1/2" wide, 24 1/4" deep
  • Style Neoclassical
  • Condition Very good, see description, above
  • Inventory Number FrS28