Bavarian Maplewood, Cherrywood and Walnut Marquetry Commode from the circle of the Spindler Brothers

of serpentine bombé outline, the top with a marquetry reserve of birds and flowers, the three long drawers inset with maplewood panels interrupted by marquetry flowers and with finely-chased gilt-bronze handles and lock-plates; the underside of the top with a pencil inscription in French saying that the commode had been restored in Saar-Union (now Sarre-Union), Alsace Lorraine in April 1885

Height 84 cm (33 inches)
Width 124 cm (49 inches)
Depth 65cm (25.5 inches)
Bayreuth, mid 18th century

Very much in the manner of the earlier phase of work by Johann Friedrich Spindler (1726-1799) and his brother, Heinrich Wilhelm Spindler (1738-1788), if not by them this commode is certainly by a maker influenced by them and close to the Bayreuth court.

Sons of Johann Jacob Spindler (1691-1770), Johann Friedrich and Heinrich Wilhelm joined their father as cabinet-makers to the court of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Bayreuth. In 1731 Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth (1711-1763) married Frederick the Great’s older and adored sister, Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia (1709-1756) and, after the death of his father in 1735, he and his wife set upon a course of turning Bayreuth into a miniature Verssailles. The Spindler family of cabinet-makers was integral in creating the furnishings for these new palatial buildings, including producing the panelling for a small cabinet room at Schloss Fantaisie zu Donndorf bei Bayreuth with pictorial marquetry within a rococo framework . In 1763, their patroness having died tragically young, they were lured by her brother, Frederick the Great, to Berlin and Potsdam, where they created, working with the bronze-caster Johann Melchior Kambli, a series of extraordinarily elaborate pieces of furniture.

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