Louis XV Style Chinoiserie Lacquered Commode by Jeanselme of Paris
This wonderful commode from Jeanselme of Paris dates from the 19th century, and features an arc-en-arbalette rouge royal marble top and two drawers with polychrome decorated panels with scenes of Chinese figures in a landscape with pavilion, on black lacquered ground, with similar scenes on left and right sides, plus ormolu bronze mounts including pierced foliate sabots and border along its splayed legs and underside, plus foliate scroll mounts at the shoulder and foliate shaped drawer handles and escutcheon. The top of the carcass carries the familiar stamped mark, JEANSELME. Measures: 34 x 53 x 25 in; 86 x 135 x 63 cm.
According to the Wallace Collection in London, the firm was established in 1824 by brothers, Joseph Pierre Francois and Jean Arnoux and operated under the trade name Jeanselme Freres. In 1840, Jean left the company and it operated under the name Jeanselme. In 1853, son of Joseph, Charles Joseph Marie, joined the firm which became known as Jeanselme Pere et Fils. The firm closed in 1930.