Neoclassical Louis XVI Period Walnut Chest of Drawers, Bavaria, Germany, circa 1785
The clean lines of this handsome antique German walnut chest of drawers are enhanced by the use of geometric shaped inlay in contrasting colours. The lavish use of walnut, rosewood and satinwood and the fact that the top, front and both sides are decorated attest to the wealth of the original owner of this chest of drawers. Because all light was generated naturally in the eighteenth century by burning wood in a fireplace and using candles throughout an interior space a certain level of affluence was required to justify the expense to create a piece of furniture where all sides would be visible. All three drawers of the chest feature a symmetrical pattern of matched rectangular panels distinguished by tassels set in a horizontal line. The outer edge of the drawers have a wide band of walnut placed on the diagonal that frame the interior panels of highly figured walnut chosen for the distinctive pattern of the walnut grain. The organic movement of the figuring contained within the geometric pattern of the panels creates a sense of visual tension across the entire façade. The top of the chest also features a pair of enclosed panels of figured walnut but here the forms are entirely geometric with rectangles and circles used to graphic effect. The same motifs appear on both the left and right side of the chest but in a rectangular configuration as opposed to the square sections of the top. This antique neoclassical walnut chest of drawers stands upon square feet that taper to the floor with each foot highlighted by deep vertical grooves in a pattern known as fluting.
WIDTH: 50½ in | HEIGHT: 36 in | DEPTH: 24 in
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