Offered by: Yew Tree House
200 Lexington Ave New York City, NY 10016 , United States Call Seller 646.293.6633


Pair of Altona Walnut and Gilt Commodes

$ 55,000
  • Description
    A Pair of Altona Walnut and Gilt Commodes Attributed to Johann Friedrich Köster

    A fine pair of transitional commodes in walnut and giltwood, the walnut tops with crossbanding and carved giltwood molded edge over shaped drawers with giltwood dividers, the sides decorated with rococo flourishes and standing on carved and partial giltwood bases.
    Furniture of this design is generally associated with the then Danish town of Altona, famous for its furniture production in 18th century northern Europe. The work of the town’s cabinetmakers was characterized by its gilded openwork carving and its degree of perfection.
    These commodes are thought to come from the workshop of cabinetmaker Johann Friedrich Köster (1747-1812). They were made during the period of transition between Rococo and Neoclassicism, which is clearly reflected by the fact that they bear stylistic elements of both periods, known as “transitional”. In the 18th century, this type of furniture was commissioned by the north German and Danish aristocracy for the decoration and furnishing of castles and manor houses in Schleswig-Holstein, Copenhagen, Potsdam and Dresden, and was very much a symbol of status and wealth.
    Examples of cabinetry similar to these two commodes are illustrated in Annette-Isabell Kratz’s book entitled “Altonaer Möbel des Rokoko und Klassizismus”, Hamburg, 1988.
  • More Information
    Origin: Denmark
    Period: 18th Century
    Condition: Good. Good antique condition
    Creation Date: 1780
    Number of Pieces: 2-3
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    200 Lex Booth #: 13
    Dealer Reference #: SKU00001086
    Incollect Reference #: 604681
  • Dimensions
    W. 35 in; H. 30.5 in; D. 18 in;
    W. 88.9 cm; H. 77.47 cm; D. 45.72 cm;
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