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Commode: M.19-1984

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Lieutaud, Balthazar




Commode with serpentine and bombe front and sides, five drawers, the oak carcase veneered in kingwood and tulipwood parquetry, with ormolu mounts and marble top. Two of the drawers are long, two are short, and there is a small drawer between them. Ormolu key plates, mock key plates, foliate handles, and mounts are on the lower edges and corners. The latter with ram's heads at the top and lion's paws at the bottom.


History note: Hugh Burton-Jones, the donor's father; Mrs. K. D. Gifford-Scott.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs. K. D. Gifford-Scott

Measurements and weight

Depth: 69 cm
Height: 90 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed by Gifford-Scott, Kathleen, Mrs


Mid 18th Century
Louis XV
Circa 1750 CE - Circa 1760 CE


The son and grandson of Parisian ébénistes, Balthazar Lietaud settled in the clockmakers’ quarter, where he became renowned for making exquisite clock cases in both the Rococo and Neo-classical styles. This commode is a rare example of his work outside the field of clocks.

School or Style


Components of the work

Veneer composed of kingwood tulipwood
Mounts composed of ormolu
Carcase composed of oak
Top composed of marble
Front Width 132 cm
Back Width 156 cm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ME
  • Location: Top right back corner
  • Method of creation: Stamp
  • Type: Guild mark
  • Text: B. LIEUTAUD
  • Location: Top right back corner
  • Method of creation: Stamp
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.19-1984
Primary reference Number: 95955
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 17 August 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 17 August 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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