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Beneman Commode

Beneman Commode, in the style of Stöckel, 1786.

During Louis XVI’s reign, the king’s apartment was redecorated in the style of the day. In 1786 two ornate commodes were delivered for Marie Antoinette’s Salon des Jeux (games room). They were supplied by the cabinetmaker Beneman, and had been created under the direction of Hauré, based on a piece by Stöckel. Richly adorned with a motif of intertwining plants and featuring Sèvres porcelain panels depicting mythic figures, it complemented the arabesque walls painted by Michel-Hubert Bourgois and Jacques-Louis-François Touzé in the style of Pierre Rousseau’s architectural designs.

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