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Painted Italian Commode with Faux Marble Top
Located in Washington, DC
A painted Italian commode with faux marble top.  
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Antique 19th Century Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Paint, Wood

Pair of Hollywood Regency Mint Green Marble-Top Faux Linen Look Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of Jansen inspired Hollywood Regency style mint green marble-top faux linen look painted three-drawer commodes or nightstands with Greek key doré bronze mounts and bronze draw...
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Late 20th Century Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Magnificent 19th Century Marble-Top Bombe Commode from France
Located in CH
Magnificent 19th century marble-top two-drawer bombe commode from Paris, circa 1880. This commode is made from rosewood and features exquisite floral marquetry decoration and origina...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Regence Chinoiserie Marble-Top Commode
Located in Atlanta, GA
Regence chinoiserie marble-top commode, fitted with three chinoiserie ormolu-mounted long drawers. Some old repairs are evident, structurally sound, presents beautifully.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Régence Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Ormolu

  • Regence Chinoiserie Marble-Top Commode
  • Regence Chinoiserie Marble-Top Commode
  • Regence Chinoiserie Marble-Top Commode
  • Regence Chinoiserie Marble-Top Commode
H 33.5 in. W 50 in. D 25 in.
Louis Philippe Marble-Top Commode
Located in Cookeville, TN
This is a fabulous cherry Louis Philippe marble-top commode with four drawers featuring bronze pulls. The marble top measures: 26.75" x 57" x 1.19". The marble is of recent manufactu...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis Philippe Commodes and Chests of Dr...

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Marble

  • Louis Philippe Marble-Top Commode
  • Louis Philippe Marble-Top Commode
  • Louis Philippe Marble-Top Commode
  • Louis Philippe Marble-Top Commode
H 35.88 in. W 52.25 in. D 26.07 in.
French Marble-Top Commode/Nightstand
Located in Wilson, NC
This commode/nightstand has a fixed reddish brown, white, and gray marble top. The drawer has front stiles. The legs are fluted. The door has a recessed bookmatched panel framed with...
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Antique 1880s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

  • French Marble-Top Commode/Nightstand
  • French Marble-Top Commode/Nightstand
  • French Marble-Top Commode/Nightstand
  • French Marble-Top Commode/Nightstand
H 34.25 in. W 14.5 in. D 13 in.
Neoclassical Parquetry Marble-Topped Commode
Located in Cheshire, GB
Neoclassical parquetry and gilt metal mounted marble-topped commode, the large canted pink-veined marble top above two deep drawers, the fronts inlaid with a flower trellis to the sh...
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Early 20th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

  • Neoclassical Parquetry Marble-Topped Commode
  • Neoclassical Parquetry Marble-Topped Commode
  • Neoclassical Parquetry Marble-Topped Commode
  • Neoclassical Parquetry Marble-Topped Commode
H 37.5 in. W 39.5 in. D 19 in.
Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
Located in Wilson, NC
Pair of French marble-top commodes, have acanthus carved cabriole legs with carved cartouches in the drawers and doors.  
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Vintage 1920s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

  • Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
  • Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
  • Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
  • Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
H 31.5 in. W 17.75 in. D 17.75 in.
Antique French Satinwood Marble-Topped Commode
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French satinwood marble-topped commode with wonderful ormolu mounts. This is a magnificent piece of furniture.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Ormolu

  • Antique French Satinwood Marble-Topped Commode
  • Antique French Satinwood Marble-Topped Commode
  • Antique French Satinwood Marble-Topped Commode
  • Antique French Satinwood Marble-Topped Commode
H 35.50 in. W 65.50 in. D 25 in.
Louis XVI Marble Top Commode
Located in La Plata, MD
A handsome period Louis XVI commode from the later half of the 18th century. Heavy use of marquetry and parquetry inlays using tulipwood, kingwood and rosewood throughout the sides a...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Tulipwood

  • Louis XVI Marble Top Commode
  • Louis XVI Marble Top Commode
  • Louis XVI Marble Top Commode
  • Louis XVI Marble Top Commode
H 35 in. W 43 in. D 23.5 in.
Antique French Marble-Top Commode
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A very fine smaller scale French chest suitable for use between chairs or as a side table or nightstand. A shaped case with conforming red marble top. Two short over two long drawers...
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Antique Early 19th Century French French Provincial Commodes and Chests ...

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Stone

  • Antique French Marble-Top Commode
  • Antique French Marble-Top Commode
  • Antique French Marble-Top Commode
  • Antique French Marble-Top Commode
H 28 in. W 38.75 in. D 21 in.
Antique French Directoire Mahogany Marble-Top Commode
Located in New Orleans, LA
18th century French Directoire mahogany marble-top commode. Walnut bordered.
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Antique 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

19th Century French Marble-Top Commode
Located in Locust Valley, NY
19th century French marble-top commode in burl wood.
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Antique 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

  • 19th Century French Marble-Top Commode
  • 19th Century French Marble-Top Commode
  • 19th Century French Marble-Top Commode
  • 19th Century French Marble-Top Commode
H 36.75 in. W 51 in. D 22.5 in.
Antique French Regence Walnut Marble Top Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Regence walnut marble top commode features the timeless styling that blends the Louis XIV and Louis XV styles, with graceful form and elegance yet a strong visual pres...
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Early 20th Century French Régence Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

French Louis XVI Period Marble-Top Commode
Located in Houston, TX
French Louis XVI period marble-top fruitwood commode, late 18th c., shaped marble top, over case fitted with three drawers, rising on tapered legs, (one) foot with restoration.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XIV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

  • French Louis XVI Period Marble-Top Commode
  • French Louis XVI Period Marble-Top Commode
  • French Louis XVI Period Marble-Top Commode
  • French Louis XVI Period Marble-Top Commode
H 33.5 in. W 50.75 in. D 24 in.
Antique Italian Neoclassical Fruitwood Marble-Top Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique Italian Neoclassical fruitwood marble-top commode is perfect for a tailored yet casual decor, with Brecchia marble top and clean lines of molding detail that include laurel s...
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Antique Early 1900s Italian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Antique French Louis XVI Marble-Top Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Louis XVI marble-top commode was handcrafted from select French walnut, and features intriguing architecture. The gracefully and subtly bowed front blends into rounded...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

  • Antique French Louis XVI Marble-Top Commode
  • Antique French Louis XVI Marble-Top Commode
  • Antique French Louis XVI Marble-Top Commode
  • Antique French Louis XVI Marble-Top Commode
H 32.5 in. W 49 in. D 21.5 in.
Northern Italian Neoclassic Sienna Marble-Topped Commode
Located in New York, NY
The Verde banded Sienna marble-top over a walnut veneered frieze followed by one narrow and two wide olive wood veneered drawers with original stamped brass pulls and a central escut...
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Antique Early 1800s Italian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Antique Italian Mahogany Bombe Marble-Top Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique Italian mahogany bombe marble-top commode is the result of an evolution that occurred over many centuries in Europe, originating in what is now Italy. The sensuous shape of t...
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Early 20th Century Italian Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Pair of Marble-Top Commodes Stamped Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of attractive French commodes, circa 1950s, the white serpentine marble atop a white distress-painted and parcel-gilt conforming case, fitted with four graduating drawers decora...
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Vintage 1950s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

  • Pair of Marble-Top Commodes Stamped Jansen
  • Pair of Marble-Top Commodes Stamped Jansen
  • Pair of Marble-Top Commodes Stamped Jansen
  • Pair of Marble-Top Commodes Stamped Jansen
H 34.25 in. W 49.5 in. D 19 in.
Antique French Inlaid Marquetry Marble Top Commode
Located in London, GB
A stunning French antique marble top three drawer commode chest, dating from around the 1850-70’s period. It is of fine quality, and is beautifully inlaid with various woods. The ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Antique Marble-Top Commode with Paint Decoration
Located in New York, NY
Charming marble-top dresser with paint decoration and bronze ormolu trim. We believe this example is 19th century continental possibly Italian, or French in origin. The chest has two...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Romantic Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

Neoclassical Marble Top Commode Chest of Drawers
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stately mahogany neoclassical style commode or chest of drawers featuring a polished black marble top. The mahogany case is fronted by three legs drawers with satinwood thread inlay ...
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20th Century English Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

PERIOD LOUIS XV WALNUT MARBLE TOP COMMODE
Located in New Orleans, LA
Transition Louis XV Louis XVI Fruitwood commode with original marble top. This commode is beautiful in its simplicity.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Fine, circa 1830, Bombay, Marble-Top Commode
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Two-over-two, solid walnut, Bombay style commode from Naples. Chocolate marble top is original to the piece. The whole above serpentine legs with, ormolu-sleeved, hoof feet.
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Antique 1830s Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

18th Century French, Walnut Marble Top Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
18th Century French Walnut marble top commode.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

French Louis XVI Transition Style Marble-Top Commode
Located in New York, NY
Antique French marble-top commode of the early Louis XVI transitional period style. The piece has gilt metal mounts on long and short drawers, a shaped apron with cabriole legs and c...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Hollywood Regency Tortoise Shell Finish Marble Top Commode
Located in Stamford, CT
A fine spectacular Hollywood Regency tortoise shell finish marble-top commode. This Louis XVI style stunning commode is finely bronze mounted with a case of Tortoise shell veneers su...
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Early 20th Century French Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

French Parisian 18th Century Marble-Top Commode
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
French fruitwood Parisian Regence rustic marble-top commode, circa early 1700s. The shaped marble top over two small raised and recessed panel drawers above two long raised and rece...
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Antique Early 18th Century French Régence Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Fine Italian Piranesi Topographical Polychromed Marble Top Commode
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fine Italian Piranesi topographical Polychromed marble top commode. Painted with various views of Rome after Piranesi, with bronze hardware inscribed "acudi drvso vielle porta di s...
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Early 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Louis XVI Style Marquetry Inlaid Marble-Top Commode
Located in New York, NY
A very fine and impressive ormolu mounted Louis xvi style marquetry inlaid marble-top commode.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Pair of Italian Fornasetti Style Marble-Topped Commodes
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Pair of midcentury double door marble-topped commodes with hand painted illustrations of Pompeiian ruins in green scale paint. Each commode comes with a key and an interior shelf. M...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

French Walnut Four-Drawer Marble-Top Commode
Located in Wilson, NC
French walnut four-drawer marble-top commode, with chamfered corners having brass ornamentation appliqués. The drawers have molded carved panels. Both sides have a 1/16 inch separati...
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Antique Early 1800s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

French Marquetry Marble Top Commode, Circa 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
French marquetry three drawer marble top commode with original ormolu mounts and brasses, and terminating on stylized cabriole legs. All original. Early 19th Century.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis Philippe Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Ebonized Marble-Top Commode by Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
An ebonized marble-top commode by Maison Jansen. Tapering bronze caped feet supporting a group of three drawers. The secondary woods of solid oak. The exterior of a fine ebony finish...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • Ebonized Marble-Top Commode by Maison Jansen
  • Ebonized Marble-Top Commode by Maison Jansen
  • Ebonized Marble-Top Commode by Maison Jansen
  • Ebonized Marble-Top Commode by Maison Jansen
H 34 in. W 48.5 in. D 21.75 in.
Antique Italian Louis XVI Marquetry Marble Top Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique Italian Louis XVI Marquetry marble top commode represents a combination of the talents of several artisans. The casework is transitional, with neoclassic origins enhanced by ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Country French Provincial Bleached Oak Marble-Top Commode
Located in Rio Vista, CA
19th century country French provincial commode or chest of drawers crafted from oak with a bleached finish. The chest features a white Carrara marble-top with evidence of a prior was...
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Antique 19th Century French French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Carrara Marble, Brass

19th Century Kingwood Carrara Marble-Top Commode
Located in Washington Crossing, PA
A most outstanding exhibition quality two-door, two drawer, commode having the finest detailed ormolu depicting cherubs, cornucopia, classical maidens and King Louis sunburst mount. ...
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Antique 19th Century European Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Carrara Marble

French Louis XVI Style Mahogany Marble-Top Commode
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Gorgeous French 19th century mahogany commode or chest of drawers featuring a dramatic variegated black and white marble top. Fronted by three large storage drawers each with double ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass, Bronze

18th Century Carved Walnut Marble-Top Commode
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A shaped case with three long drawers carved with angular frames with rosettes. Each with new added compartments. Carved side panels, carved lower frame with leafy vines raised on ca...
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Antique Early 19th Century French French Provincial Commodes and Chests ...

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Marble

  • 18th Century Carved Walnut Marble-Top Commode
  • 18th Century Carved Walnut Marble-Top Commode
  • 18th Century Carved Walnut Marble-Top Commode
  • 18th Century Carved Walnut Marble-Top Commode
H 34.5 in. W 47.25 in. D 26.25 in.
Antique French Provincial Gray Painted Marble-Top Commode
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This commode likely dates to the end of the 19th century or the early 20th century. It features a polychrome marble top surrounded on three sides by a scalloped edge above two drawer...
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Early 20th Century French French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Mid-18th Century Regence Marquetry Marble-Top Commode
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid-18th century Regence marquetry marble-top commode.
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Antique Mid-18th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

French Walnut Marble Topped Commode from Toulon
Located in New Orleans, LA
French commode of walnut with marble top from Toulon.
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Antique 1780s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

18th Century French Marble-Top Commode
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
18th century four-drawer commode with marble top and original pulls and key holes.
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Antique 18th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • 18th Century French Marble-Top Commode
  • 18th Century French Marble-Top Commode
  • 18th Century French Marble-Top Commode
  • 18th Century French Marble-Top Commode
H 31 in. W 32 in. D 20 in.
Large Mahogany Maison Jansen Directoire Style Marble Top Commode
By Maison Jansen
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a grand scale commode. Maison Jansen Directoire style mahogany 9-drawer, bronze mounted, marble-top commode.
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20th Century French Directoire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Late 19th Century Regencé Marble-Top Commode
Located in Brentwood, TN
This important French commode has a shaped front and three drawers. The commode is decorated with kingwood and tulipwood veneers which are quartered cut, banded, herringbone cut and ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Régence Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Ormolu

French Louis XV Style Marble-Top Commode
Located in New York, NY
Louis XV style commode, serpentine front, with two drawers, heavily ornamented with bronze mounts, escutcheons and capped feet. The front with marquetry inlay, the sides with radiati...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

19th Century French Directoire Style Marble-Top Commode
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
19th century French Directoire style 3-drawer marble-top commode with gilt and ebonized accents.
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Antique 19th Century French Directoire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Ebonized Louis XVI Style Marble-Top Commode, circa 1940
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Louis XVI style, ebonized marble-top commode, circa 1940 with drop bail drawer hardware and straight, reeded legs.
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20th Century American Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

French Style Gilt Carved Marble-Top Commode
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Gilt carved painted frame. Marble-top.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • French Style Gilt Carved Marble-Top Commode
  • French Style Gilt Carved Marble-Top Commode
  • French Style Gilt Carved Marble-Top Commode
  • French Style Gilt Carved Marble-Top Commode
H 35.50 in. W 49.25 in. D 21.25 in.
French Louis XVI Style Mahogany Marble Top Commode Dresser
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fine French marble top commode, chest of drawers, or dresser made in the grand neoclassical Louis XVI taste. The commode features a mahogany case crafted from radiant grain mahogany ...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

19th Century Rococo Marquetry Bombe Marble Top Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant 19th century rococo marquetry bombe marble top commode features the work of four master artisans, from the casework maker to the ebeniste who performed the intricate mar...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Antique Continental Carved Walnut Marble Top Commode, 19th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Continental commode offers shaped marble top over case with drawers having carved foliate design and paneled sides, back stamped "Made in Belgium, 19th century Measures...
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Antique 19th Century European Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

20th Century French Walnut Marble-Top Commode
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
20th century French walnut marble-top commode, circa 1950. Good quality French bombe shaped commode in the Rococo taste. 3 drawers fitted with ornate handles and key plates. Parqu...
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Mid-20th Century French Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Art Deco Maurice Dufrene Parcel Gilt Marble-Top Commode
By Maurice Dufrêne
Located in New York, NY
Attributed to Maurice Dufrene, this French Art Deco commode is composed of parcel gilt mahogany and features an inset black marble top over a swag carved frieze with two long drawers...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Gold Leaf

Antique French Louis XV Chinoiserie Bombe Marble-Top Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Louis XV chinoiserie bombe marble-top commode represents the culmination of four disciplines in the art of furniture craft! First the cabinetmaker produced the complex...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

18th Century French Louis XVI Marble Top Commode
Located in Winter Park, FL
An 18th century Louis XVI French commode, or chest of drawers, made of solid walnut. Three dovetailed drawers with original brass hardware, no keys. The face of the two bottom drawer...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

English Crotch Mahogany Marble Top Commode. Circa 1835
Located in Charleston, SC
English crotch mahogany marble top commode with hinged door, interior shelf, and terminating on circular carved molded edge base. Early 19th Century
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Antique 1830s British William IV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Russian Neoclassical-Style Mahogany and Marble-Top Commode
Located in Houston, TX
Rectangular marble-top commode with a three-quarter pierced gallery and canted corners. The case is fitted with two drawers, each with brass banding, raisedon tapering square legs ...
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Early 20th Century Ukrainian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Antique French Louis XV Style Marble Top Commode Cabinet
Located in North York, ON
Exquisite antique king wood with bronze mounts in Louis XV style. This Commode is in excellent original condition. Featuring beautiful brass ornaments and floral marquetry woodwork.
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

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Marble Topped Commode For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal marble topped commode for your home. Each marble topped commode for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, stone and marble. If you’re shopping for a marble topped commode, we have 501 options in-stock, while there are 10 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect marble topped commode — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. Each marble topped commode bearing Louis XV, Louis XVI or Neoclassical hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one marble topped commode that is appealing in its simplicity, but Maison Jansen, Baker Furniture Company and Il Pezzo Mancante produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Marble Topped Commode?

Prices for a marble topped commode can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $482 and can go as high as $396,541, while the average can fetch as much as $4,983.

Finding the Right Commodes and Chests of Drawers for You

Is it a commode or a chest of drawers?

Commode is the French term for a low chest of drawers, but it is also sometimes used to denote a piece with a particularly intricate design. The commode dates to circa 1700 France, where it was used as an alternative to a taller cabinet piece so as to not obscure paneled, mirrored or tapestried walls. Coffers, or chests, which were large wooden boxes with hinged lids and sometimes stood on ball feet, preceded chests of drawers, a fashionable cabinet furnishing that garnered acclaim for its obvious storage potential and versatility.

As time passed, French and British furniture makers led the way in the production of chests of drawers, and features like the integration of bronze and ornamental pulls became commonplace. Antique French commodes in the Louis XV style were sometimes crafted in mahogany or walnut, while an Italian marble top added a sophisticated decorative flourish. This specific type of case piece grew in popularity and double chests — tallboys and highboys, which were essentially one chest on top of another — followed.

So, what makes a chest of drawers different from a common dresser? Dressers are short, and chests of drawers are overall taller pieces of furniture that typically do not have room on the top for a mirror as most dressers do. Some chests of drawers have one column of four to six long drawers or three long drawers in their bottom section that are topped by a cluster of small side-by-side drawers on the top. To further complicate things, we sometimes refer to particularly short chests of drawers as nightstands.

Even though chests of drawers are commonly thought of as bedroom furniture to store clothing, these are adaptable pieces. A chest of drawers can house important documents — think of your walnut Art Deco commode as an upgrade to your filing cabinet. Nestle your chest near your home’s front door to store coats and other outerwear, while the top can be a place to drop your handbag. Add some flair to your kitchen, where this lovable case piece can hold pots, pans and even cookbooks.

When shopping for the right chest of drawers for your home, there are a few key things to consider: What will you be storing in it? How big a chest will you need? Speaking of size, don’t dream too big. If your space is on the smaller side, a more streamlined vintage mid-century modern chest of drawers, perhaps one designed by Paul McCobb or T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, may best suit your needs.

At 1stDibs, we make it easy to add style and storage to your home. Browse our collection of antique and vintage commodes and chests of drawers today.