Antiques Corner by Patrick Van de Vorst

The fruitwood commode
The fruitwood commode

THIS week we valued a fruitwood, tulipwood, and ivory inlaid marquetry commode from 1750.

Attributed to Hache a Grenoble (Thomas), the rectangular top with canted corners is inlaid with a central spray of flowers within a trellis and stylised acanthus leaf reserve.

Within a further floral trail border, there are three long drawers with projecting fronts, raised on cabriole legs terminating in hoof feet, the whole inlaid with further floral and leaf decoration.

This very smart and collectable chest of drawers is Louis XIV in design, and highly desired within the antique world.

Hache was a respected wood craftsman during the early 17th-century, revered by many due to his apprenticeship to the master cabinet maker Michel Chevalier.

Our specialists valued this piece at £70,000-£100,000.