Hollywood Regency Maison Jansen Ebony Commode, Chest, Dresser, France, 1940s



Maison Jansen Ebony bronze mounted commode, chest, dresser having bronze mounts with bronze framed drawers and side panels supporting a White Carrera Marble Top. The stunning commode has three over two bronze framed drawers with bronze drawer pulls flaked by bronze leaf corners sitting on tapering round legs with bronze caps and sabots. A fine example of this highly sought after designers work and dedication to craftsmanship. French.

This piece is accompanied by a letter of Authentication from James Archer Abbott, Author of ‘Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration’ as well as both Jansen Furniture books. James Archer Abbott serves as director and curator of Johns Hopkins university’s evergreen museum and library, one of two museums owned and operated by the university. Mr. Abbott’s publications include the following exhibition catalogs: visions of Washington Irving: selections from the collections of Historic Hudson valley (co-author, 1991); classical to 19th century America: The Influence of Berry Tracy on the Historical interior (1994); and A Frenchman in Camelot: The Decoration of the Kennedy White House by Ste´phane Boudin (1995). Mr. Abbott co-wrote with Elaine Rice a further exploration of the Kennedy White House decor, entitled Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration, which was published by Van Nostrand Reinhold in 1998. In 2006, he completed a well-received history of the international design firm Jansen (1880-1989), entitled “JANSEN,” and published by Acanthus Press, LLC. This was followed by a companion volume, “Jansen Furniture,” published in spring 2007.

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    Materials and Techniques: Bronze, Ebony, Marble
    Height: 36.000 in. (91.44 cm)
    Width: 54.000 in. (137.16 cm)
    Depth: 23.000 in. (58.42 cm)
    Date of Manufacture: 1940s
    Period: Mid-20th Century
    Attributed to: Maison Jansen (Designer)
    Place of Origin: France