Exquisite Antiques: French Louis XV Style Commode

Antique CommodeThis particularly beautiful piece is a late 19th century French Louis XV Style commode. Circa 1890, it is made with a mixture of exotic woods—rosewood, mahogany, satinwood, and tulipwood. The bronze adornments are referred to as ormolu because they are so ornate, and include the mounts, pulls, escutcheon and feet. Deep red Royal Rouge marble, which was highly popular at this time, sits on the top.

Commode is a loose term for a chest of drawers or nightstand typically found in bedrooms. The word commode is currently associated with a toilet, which may have stemmed from the piece serving as the place to store a chamber pot or washstand.

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