The Wallace Collection

Talks and Lectures

Treasure of the Month: French chest of drawers (commode) veneered with panels of Chinese lacquer, 1755

Tuesday 13th November, 2012

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Price: Admission Free

Ages: All Ages

Lecturer: Helen Jacobsen 

Made for Marie Leczinska, the wife of Louis XV, this commode exemplifies the taste for incorporating Oriental lacquer into French furniture that developed in the mid-eighteenth century. The shape of the commode, with its swelling front and sides, and the exuberance of the gilt bronze mounts are characteristic of the rocaille, the dominant style in France in the 1740s and 1750s.

Talks in the galleries are strictly limited to 25 people with places allocated on
a first come first served basis.