Chest of drawers in Chinese lacquer, European varnish and gilt bronze mounts, decorated with lake landscapes and figures, the domed front opening with two drawers without crosspiece, resting on arched feet.
Gilt bronze ornamentation: keyholes, handles, frames, corner drops and apron
Aleppo breccia marble top
Work from the Louis XV period, stamped ROUSSEL (Pierre Roussel, 1723 – June 7, 1782, received master on August 21, 1745) and JME
This very beautiful chest of drawers was presented during the exhibition « One of the provinces of Rococo: La Chine rêvée de François Boucher » from November 9, 2019 to March 02, 2020 at the Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology in Besançon.
Dimensions: H 88 cm x W 147 cm x D 64 cm
Pierre Roussel is the son of a cabinetmaker and settled in Faubourg Saint Antoine, rue de Charenton. Between 1775 and 1780, he worked for the Prince of Condé and delivered 10,000 pounds of furniture to him. The inventory after Roussel’s death mentions an important set of lacquer furniture. He works regularly with the bronzier Turchin and the gilder Trufot.
Among the Roussel lacquer chests of drawers offered for sale in recent years are:
– Former Jaime Ortiz-Patiño collection, Sotheby’s New York sale, May 22, 2001, lot 319
– Sale Sotheby’s New York, June 9, 2014, lot 89