Lolo French Antiques et More has a wonderful selection of commodes, the French name for a low chest of drawers with a wood or marble top that is raised on legs. Intended to be set against a wall, commodes were created in late 17th century France and became a prominent piece of furniture during the 18th century Rococo period. These functional storage pieces have undergone many variations in an effort to blend elegance with practicality. At first heavy in appearance, the commode evolved into a more curvilinear form with decorative carving and hardware while lifting higher from the floor on cabriole legs. This look remained in fashion until the Louis XVI period introduced a refined and restrained symmetry of form. The decorative quality of 19th century French Country commodes are still very much in demand.