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Langlois Commode

Langlois, a French émigré to London, was a successful designer and maker of 18th century English furniture, typically in a Rococo style. This rectangular commode decorated in the Neo-classical style with Greek key pattern, rams’ heads, and husks, is a notable departure. The commode can be dated approximately by its similarity to a pair of commodes made by Langlois for the Marquess of Tavistock, and now at Woburn Abbey. The top is veneered with a marquetry landscape comparable to those on furniture by the German cabinetmaker Abraham Roentgen and may have been executed by his journeyman, Johann Michael Rummer. The mounts were probably supplied by Dominique Jean, who had married Pierre Langlois’s daughter in 1764.