Description: each with a rectangular fossilised black marble top above four long drawers, on ebonised paw feet, one stamped four times P MARCION
Dimensions: 97.5cm. high; 126cm. wide, 57cm. deep; 2ft. 2¼in., 4ft. 1¾in., 1ft. 10½in.
Condition Report: This elegant pair of commodes is in very good conserved condition. The mounts have been re-gilt at some stage. There is minor age-related shrinkage to sides of both; one particularly significant shrinkage has been filled and sensitively restored. The back of one with signs of old repairs to wood boards. Otherwise with minor old marks and scratches commensurate with age.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: Jean-Pierre Planchon, Marcion, ébéniste de Napoléon, Saint-Rémy-en-L’Eau, 2007, p. 69 (illustrated).
Provenance: Formerly in a distinguished private European collection;
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Sotheby's London, 3 March 2006, lot 54.