The eye of the collector by Jean-luc Ferrand


Tuesday 29 March 2016, by Barbara Cogollos

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Important Louis XV style walnut commode stamped « Meubles sculptés BELLANGER, FABRICANT, 61 rue des saintes-pères, Paris ».

BELLANGER is a cabinetmaker who works between 1867 and 1876. He wins a medal at the Wolrd Fair of 1867. He has his workshop located in Paris, 61 rue des Saints-Pères. This model of commode is named « tombeau » due to its shapes. It’s opening in four drawers on three rows. Decorated with gilt carved walnut wooden sculptures. Lockers and handles in gilt and chiseled bronze.

BELLANGER is a famous family name we find in the cabinetmaker books because it refers to different families, who worked in Paris during the 19th century. But the same stamped is on neo-gothic furnitures, which shows his versatility who can change styles following his order.

This commode is Louis XV style with curved lines and his shape called « modèle tombeau » are emblematic of this time period of the king Louis XV. The commode was made during the 19th century, and the opulent Louis XV style matches with the french second Empire period tastes.

When BELLANGER attends the World Fair of 1867, in front of the industry triumphing, he shows that he is able to combine pratical sense with artistic sense.

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