late 18th Century Directoire Inlaid Satinwood Commode with a banded top and outset corners, with two long drawers, the top one comes out as a Butlers desk if needed. The sides of the Commode are Canted Stiles, with square tapering legs, terminated in spade feet. The sides panels are inlaid and compliment the Inlaid pattern on the top of the commode. Decorative hardware add to the elegance of this Satinwood Commode. H:2'7" W:4' D:23.5" Directoire furniture was the last phase of the Louis XVI style. The style is distinct for use of neoclassical architectural forms, minimal carving, planar expanses of highly grained veneers, and applied decorative painting. Directoire style , in French interior decoration and costume, the manner prevailing about the time of the Directory (1795-99), from which the name is derived. A style transitional between Louis XVI and Empire, it is characterized by a departure from the sumptuousness of the aristocratic regime. Furniture became more angular and severe; marquetry was replaced by large surfaces of painted and waxed wood. These new forms and the continued taste for Greco-Roman design, which forecast the Empire style , were established by the architects Percier and Fontaine and the artist J. L. David. This particular Inlaid Satinwood Commode is vibrant in coloration of the inlaid woods in a decorative pattern and the canted sides add to the elegance of this piece along with the proportions and decorative hardware. Lifestyle Antiques is a Summerland antique dealer near Santa Barbara who specializes in European antique furniture and antique lighting for your home and garden. Among some of our specialties are home lighting, home furnishings and garden statues. There are several Summerland antique shops in the area, 3 minutes south of Santa Barbara. We specialize in French furniture as well as antique furniture from Spain and Italy.