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Furniture ➔ French Louis Xvi Style Commode

Identifier:
1992.122.1
Description:
Per Frank C. Davidhazy:'The decorated motif is authentic of the Japanese Lacquer-work style, which was so popular in French design. The two door frames are special banded with English yew-wood veneer. The exterior of the case is hand rubbed black lacquer with 23-karat gold leaf gilded feet, moulding and trim. The interior and adjustable shelf is finished a beautiful red lacquer with the inside of the door panels decorated with a Gold Leaf bamboo motif. The key and escutheon plates are antique and are proper replacements of the hardware originally furnished with the piece. A one-of-a kind choice work executed and signed by Frank J. Davidhazy, nationally renowned decorative artist. Piece completed in 1971-Pristine condition.' Parts included: shelf, key, and shelf pins. Piece purchased unfinished by Frank J. Davidhazy.;USA: Michigan, Grand Rapids. Bodart Furniture Co.. Piece purchased unfinished by Frank J. Davidhazy circa late 1960's at the time Bodart was going out of business..;USA: Michigan, Grand Rapids. Bodart Furniture Co.. Piece purchased unfinished by Frank J. Davidhazy circa late 1960's at the time Bodart was going out of business.. Piece purchased unfinished by Frank J. Davidhazy circa late 1960's at the time Bodart was going out of business..;Frank J. Davidhazy. |
Date:
1955 – 1965
Materials:
Japanese Lacquer, Gold, Silver Leaf
Dimensions:
34" h 40.375" w 18.125" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Purchased With Funds From The Titche Family
Exhibits/Programs
Furniture City (1994 – 2013)
Furniture City was one of the signature core exhibits installed at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's new Van Andel Museum Center when it opened in 1994.  At approximately 10,000 square feet, the exhibit occupied a significant portion of the museum's second floor and contained hundreds of pieces of Grand Rapids Furniture.  The exhibition was accompanied by the authoritative book on the subject, "Grand Rapids Furniture", by GRPM curator Christian Carron.  The Furniture City exhibit told a comprehensive story of the Furniture Industry in Grand Rapids, from its origins in the years after the Civil War, up to the present day with office and fixed seating manufacturers like Steelcase and American Seating.  The exhibition was significantly reduced in size in 2013 to make room for a new gallery, and was finally closed in 2019.

Furniture Highlights (October 1 2014)
Highlights from the Grand Rapids Public Museum's collection of over 2,000 pieces of furniture.
Makers/Donors
Bodart Furniture Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Manufacturer of high-end antique reproduction upholstered and case pieces in Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Directoire styles.

Company History
1949: Moves from New York to Grand Rapids.
1973: Company is purchased by Colonial Furniture Co. of Zeeland, Michigan.
 


Frank J. Davidhazy
Frank J. Davidhazy was born on April 17th, 1901 in Hungary and emigrated to the United States in 1911. He originally worked in New York City but in 1922, he moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and began to create hand-decorated furniture for Robert W. Irwin Furniture Company. For 66 years, his furniture became legendary in Grand Rapids. His son, Frank C. Davidhazy also became a furniture craftsman and together the duo opened the Davidhazy Furniture Studio in 1956. He retired in 1988 and passed away on April 23rd, 1996.  

Frank Charles Davidhazy
Frank Charles Davidhazy was born on October 16th, 1930 to Frank J. Davidhazy and Jeanette Hoekzema. He was a skilled furniture craftsman and in 1956 he opened the Davidhazy Furniture Studio in 1956 with his father. He was married to Margaret Joanne McCarthy and passed away on July 24th, 1997.