A French Louis XIV amaranth and ebony veneer commode with brass inlay, curved front with three drawers and gilt bronze handles, key plates and ornaments, geometrical inlay with brass on the top. Paris, early 18th century. H. 84 cm. W. 120 cm. D. 64 cm.
The present commode is a fine example of the type of commodes produced in the manner of Etienne Doirat (c. 1675–1732) in the Régence period. The relation to the work of Doirat can be made on the basis of the overall form and parquetry and the gilt-bronze mounts.
A very comparable commode at the Château d’Aulteribe, in Dôme. The castle is today in possession of the French state and the commode has the inventory number: AUL 1954 001114.
Étienne Doirat was one of the few Parisian cabinetmakers active during the first half of the 18th century who adhered to the guild rules requiring ébénistes to stamp their production. Nevertheless, he did not stamp all of his production. The seminal work on the cabinetmakers by Jean-Dominique Augarde cites only 38 pieces which have come to light and which bear his stamp.
Literature: J.-D. Augarde,' Etienne Doirat, Menuisier en Ebène', The J. Paul Getty Museum, Journal, vol 13/1985.