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Important Chest of Drawers by Krieger



Signed KRIEGER PARIS on the lock of the drawers, and on a metal plaque This veneered wood, gilded and chiseled bronze commode in the Louis XVI style opens with three drawers sitting on top of three leaves. Rich and fine ornamentation made of gilded and chiseled bronze presenting female masks, ibexes, young satyrs among grapes and foliage, egg-and-dart friezes, and ribbons. It features upright ribbed columns on the angles and ribbed toupie feet. The top is made of veneered white marble. Our commode is similar to the one created by Adam Weisweiler and delivered by the marchand-mercier Daguerre in 1788 for the cabinet interior of the King Louis XVI at the Château de Saint-Cloud. The original commode is kept at the Château de Compiègne in the Empress Bedroom (C46020). A pair of similar commodes is kept at the Louvre Museum. Krieger took as a model a very characteristic type of commode by A. Weisweiler, one of the greatest cabinet-makers of the 18th century. Weisweiler created several variations on his successful models, including a series of commodes with leaves such as our piece of furniture: tripartite facade, toupie feet, veneered panels framed with bronze rods, detached ribbed columns, with or without a bronze frieze. Antoine Krieger (1804-1869) launched the cabinetmaking branch of Maison Krieger in the middle of the 19th century, before setting an important inner decoration department which provided much success and prestige to the company until 1945. The Krieger firm made all the sketches and designs in ancient as well as contemporary styles. A thousand workers were employed at n°74-76 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine in Paris, producing luxurious and standard furniture. The high quality making gave birth to oakwood or mahogany cabinets decorated with finely chosen veneers. The Krieger firm won a second-class medal at the 1851 Universal Exhibition of London and took part in many international exhibitions, such as Paris in 1855. Adam Weisweiler (1744-1820), became Maître ébéniste on the 26th of March 1778. He settled rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine. Weisweiler was one of the greatest cabinet-makers of the Louis XVI period. Of German origins, he supposedly trained with the Roentgen. He came to France before 1777, when he got married in the capital. He worked essentially for marchands-merciers such as Daguerre, who sold his works to Queen Marie-Antoinette. With a great technical dexterity, he developed a very personal style playing on different materials such as pietra-dura, lacquer or Sèvres porcelaine plaques. Unlike the majority of cabinet-makers, the French Revolution did not affect his production. Weisweiler worked for Queen Hortense during the Empire period. A great part of his production is housed in public collections such as the Louvre Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


  • Creator
    Maison Krieger (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35.83 in. (91 cm)Width: 58.47 in. (148.5 cm)Depth: 23.23 in. (59 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 15381stDibs: LU3860316893211

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    Ships From: PARIS, France
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