FRENCH LOUIS XV-STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED COMMODE, featuring complex marquetry-inlaid Orientalist-inspired scenes and floral designs, two hinged doors to each side, extensive ormolu-mounted decoration, including half busts, raised on cabriole legs. Retains an early surface with warm color. 19th century. 35 1/2" H, 30" x 45".
Provenance: From the collection of H. C. Stuart and Emily Cochran, Stuart House, Staunton, VA. Property descended in the family of Henry Carter Stuart (1855-1933).
Catalogue Note: The present commode, which appears to be modeled on an 18th-century example in the Gelber Salon at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, belonged to Henry Carter Stuart (1855-1933), 47th Governor of Virginia 1914-1918, and was reportedly a part of the furnishings of the Governor's Mansion in Richmond, Virginia during his term of office.
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Very good overall condition, old break to center of marble-top, with areas of minor expected usage wear. Scattered minor patches, losses, and possible repairs to veneers.