A George III figured mahogany serpentine fronted gentleman's commode,

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Lot 451
A George III figured mahogany serpentine fronted gentleman's commode,

Sold for £ 12,337 (US$ 15,423) inc. premium
A George III figured mahogany serpentine fronted gentleman's commode,
the moulded edge top over four long graduated cockbeaded oak lined drawers, the top drawer fitted with a brushing slide concealing a central hinged and ratchet mirror and compartments, some with line inlaid moulded edge lids, the next drawer bearing printed paper trade label inscribed "Philip Bell, Cabinet Maker and Upholder, at the White Swan, Against the South Gate in St. Paul's Church Yard, London ... Funerals Perform'd", label 12.5 x 17.5cm, brass swan neck handles, flanked by cants, on bracket feet incorporating leather wheel brass castors, damaged, 99cm wide, 56cm maximum depth, 84.5cm high.

See illustration

Footnotes

  • Philip Bell succeeded his father at the aforementioned address in 1740 along with his mother Elizabeth, but by 1758 was operating independently. His name appears in London Directories between 1767 & 1774, when Henry Kettle took over as Bell’s successor. It is interesting to note that the firm of Coxed & Woster occupied the same premises earlier in the century.

    Versions of Philip Bell’s label can be found on several pieces of mahogany furniture in which he describes himself as “cabinet maker & upholder”.

    It is apparent that Philip Bell was exporting furniture to America and there is also evidence to suggest that George Washington ordered a mahogany bottle case from Bell through his English agent and was charged the vast sum of £17.7.0 in 1761. This follows the mahogany and beech bedstead which Washington purchased from Bell for his Virginia home in 1759.

    Literature:
    Gilbert (C.): Marked London Furniture 1700-1840
A George III figured mahogany serpentine fronted gentleman's commode,
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