Petit Commode

French (Paris)
about 1755–60
Made by Jacques Dubois (French, born in 1694, master 1742, died in 1763)


Overall: 83 x 79.2 x 43.9 cm (32 11/16 x 31 3/16 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

European black lacquer on fir; oak drawer linings, gilt-bronze mounts; marble top

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes

Black lacquer, two drawer, slightly bombe. Fully decorated with prominent flowers, sides with floral work encasing deer and grotesque animal. Pierce bronze dore shoulder appliques, small drawer pulls and sabots. Angular legs, escutcheon front apron, marble top. (The bombe front is decorated with Japanese lacquer in tones of red and gold with flowers, leaves, bird with a butterfly. Similar decorations employing similar motifs along sides. The decoration was with little doubt applied by a western hand.)


Stamped on back I. DuBois


July, 1948, probably sold by L. Bataille, Paris, to Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection