Bonhams : A George III mahogany and crossbanded serpentine Commode,attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough
A George III mahogany and crossbanded serpentine Commode,attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough

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Lot 87
A George III mahogany and crossbanded serpentine Commode,
attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough

Sold for £ 24,000 (US$ 30,713) inc. premium
A George III mahogany and crossbanded serpentine Commode,
attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough
the shaped rectangular moulded top above a slide and two short and two long graduated drawers, with shaped sides and shaped apron, on slender outswept feet, 119cm wide, 58cm deep, 87cm high (46.5in wide, 22.5in deep, 34in high).

Footnotes

  • Henry Hill is listed as a cabinet-maker,coach-maker auctioneer and representative of the Sun Insurance Company. He was active in Marlborough from about 1740 until his death in 1778. Most of Hill's known clients were landed Wiltshire families, almost certainly including the Methuens at Corsham Court.

    This model of commode attributed to Hill of Marlborough is known in several variants both with marquetry and gilt bronze mounts. The closest examples are the commode offered by Sotheby's London, 20 February 1987, lot 78, and another illustrated in L.Synge, Mallett's Great English Furniture, page 125, plate 142. Other examples with slight variants in the design include one sold Christie's London, 20 November 1986, lot 173, another advertised by Cirencester Antiques in the Grosvenor House Antique Fair handbook, 1985, and later with Frank Partridge (1991). Another example was advertised by H.M Lee in Apollo, February 1934. Examples with gilt bronze mounts include one formerly in the collection of Samuel Messer and sold Christie's London, 5 December 1991, lot 118, and a pair from Godmersham Park sold Christie's London, 6-9 June 1983, lot 130. Comparable examples including marquetry commodes are discussed in L.Wood, The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Catalogue of Commodes, London 1994, no.4, page 64.
A George III mahogany and crossbanded serpentine Commode,attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough
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