A George III mahogany, purplewood and rosewood crossbanded demi-lune commode attributed to Gillows
Lot 83Y
A George III mahogany, purplewood and rosewood crossbanded demi-lune commode attributed to Gillows
Sold for £17,500 (US$ 29,019) inc. premium
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A George III mahogany, purplewood and rosewood crossbanded demi-lune commode attributed to Gillows A George III mahogany, purplewood and rosewood crossbanded demi-lune commode attributed to Gillows
Lot Details
A George III mahogany, purplewood and rosewood crossbanded demi-lune commode
attributed to Gillows
Inlaid with boxwood lines, the shaped radially veneered fan top above a central drawer fitted with a baize lined slide, four compartments and a side stationery drawer, flanked by a pair of hinged drawers, above a pair of cupboard doors inlaid with fan ovals enclosing an apron drawer; flanked by a pair of single cupboard doors, with a shaped apron below, on bracket feet, 155cm wide, 72cm deep, 82cm high (61" wide, 28" deep, 32" high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: purchased from Asprey, 165-169 New Bond Street, London, 10th November, 1988.

    The basic pattern for this type of elliptical commode with this form of apron appears in Messrs A.Hepplewhite and Co.'s The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788, pl.78, although this particular model relates closely to designs that appeared in Gillow's Estimate Sketch Books. A design reproduced in L.Boynton in Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Royston 1995, fig 120, shows the same door and drawer configuration; while another design, fig 121, shows a similar use of medallions to the doors of an elliptical commode. The handle pattern used here was a popular choice with the Gillow firm. In this case the small paterae mount that is often centred in the middle of ring handle appears on the above commode as a protector where the bottom of the ring handle meets the drawer front, protecting the veneer from damage. Susan Stuart discusses this handle pattern in Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, Suffolk, 2008, p.335, pl.D9.
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