French commode

Jan 09, 2018. 20:01 UTC
French Commode
United States of America

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This piece is 43” wide, 20” deep and 32” tall at the widest points. It’s got a decorative metal ribbon running along the edges of the legs and bottom of the frame on both sides and the front. Large decorative metal pieces on the two front corners, two front legs and center bottom along with metal drawer pulls, all nailed on. The veneer has bubbles in it in a number of places, and is completely cracked through on both sides of the commode. Solid piece of marble for the top is in good condition. The woman I bought it from had it listed as 18th century French commode but I don’t know if that’s true.


I bought it from a salvage store in the Metro-Atlanta area.

Answered within about 2 hours
Jan 09, 21:35 UTC
By Nora Curl

Fair Market Value

$300 - $400 USD

Insurance Value

$700 USD
What does this mean?

This is an 18th century Louis style marble-top bombe serpentine chest or commode that was made in the early 20th century. An 18th century original would have much ornate and fine, crisply detailed ormolu mounts (the gilded metal pieces affixed to the edges), the veneer would be thicker, as then it was hand-planed, and the ebeniste (French cabinetmaker) would not have used wood with the knot holes in it. A lot of these are made in China for export as decorative reproduction furniture. Normally those re-sell for $800 - $1200 on today's auction market. This has significant condition issues with cracked veneer. The estimate reflects the condition.

Jessica croxall Jan 09, 22:25 UTC

Thanks for the info! I won’t feel bad painting it now!

Nora curl Jan 09, 22:27 UTC

You are very welcome and my pleasure to be of help! Please feel free to request me here by adding "For Nora" in a new posting. ~Nora

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