White Painted and Gilded German Baroque Commode
attributed to the Court Wood Carver Johann Adam Schmidt
Munich, ca. 1740/50
Original Tegernsee Marble Top
82 x 130.5 x 63 cm
The commode is a fine and original work of the Munich Hofkistlerei, where artists worked after designs of François Cuvilliés (1695 – 1768), one of the leading interpreters of the German Rococo style.
The combination of white painted smooth surfaces with gilded pierced elements reflects the interior, for which the commode was originally designed.
The top is made of the so-called Tegernsee marble from Kreuth, a local source, ca. 60 km from Munich, where marble was quarried from 1680 onwards.
The elaborate carving can be compared in refinement and motifs to a commode in the Kurfürstenzimmer of the Munich Residence, also attributed to Johann Adam Schmidt and illustrated in Kreisel/Himmelheber, the standard work of German furniture.
- Kreisel / Himmelheber, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, vol. II, fig. 442 ff.
- B. Langer, Die Möbel der Schlösser Nymphenburg und Schleißheim, fig. 48/51