Picture This XXXIV

This French commode does not compare to the handsome furniture I normally post here, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to include it for a solely puerile reason:

Empire_commode_c1820_01aBear feet. (Tarquin Bilgen)

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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7 Responses to Picture This XXXIV

  1. Eric R says:

    Unique, to say the least.


  2. Tim C says:

    Obviously to bear the weight. Any idea of the significance of the cadeuseus (sp?) on the half columns?


    • Jack Plane says:

      I have no idea what the significance of the caducei is – or even if they’re original to the chest. I gave up attempting to fathom French furniture decades ago.



    • Warwick says:

      Hmmm, they are very decorative, they make the back legs look bare by comparison. They are at a bit of an un-natural angle at the heel, the carver’s model bear must have been as flexible as a Yogi, or maybe the carver made a bit of a Boo Boo. There is no Fozzie looking carved fur though. They are not to my tastes, I don’t think I could bear them in my house. They make me Whinny expletives like “Pooh”. Maybe better suited to an office at Paddington station.


  3. LD says:

    And in the left rear corner: Bear scat, perhaps?


  4. Jim Burbidge says:

    The first thing that came to mind was the luggage in the Terry Pratchett novels.


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