A George III mahogany and floral marquetry Commode possibly attributable to Thomas Chippendale

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Lot 64
A George III mahogany and floral marquetry Commode
possibly attributable to Thomas Chippendale

Sold for £ 19,200 (US$ 23,966) inc. premium
A George III mahogany and floral marquetry Commode
possibly attributable to Thomas Chippendale
the serpentine top with a moulded edge, above three long graduated drawers flanked by canted angles inlaid with trailing floral and foliate marquetry, on bracket feet, the bracket feet of laminated construction, with double panelled backboard and a red wash and packing nails to the underside, 114.5cm wide, 59.5cm deep, 84.5cm high (45in wide, 23in deep, 33in high).

Footnotes

  • The commode offered here related to a group of documented chests thought to be by Thomas Chippendale at Dumfries House, Ayrshire with which it shares certain similarities (see Christies proposed contents sale of Dumfries House, 12-13 July 2007, lots 106,153,213,242,251, 252).

    The Dumfries chests do not appear in Chippendale's bills but are tentatively attributed to him on the grounds of certain constructional features. The features of this group of chests which are in turn displayed on the commode offered here include, the laminated blocking behind the simple bracket foot, nails for the 'pack thread' to the underside used to attach protective covers in transport, the red wash to the underside and use of a double panelled backboard. The argument for the Dumfries chests being by Chippendale is backed up by the existence of a linen press at the house which bears many of the features of the group of chests and for which a Chippendale bill of 1763 is thought to relate (see Christies proposed contents sale of Dumfries House, 12-13 July 2007, lot 236). The restrained swan-neck handles used on the commode offered here are identical those used on some of the Dumfries chests with the milling around the back-plates. The distinctive red wash and the use of packing nails appears on many of the pieces at Dumfries House supplied by Chippendale and not on those pieces known to have been supplied by other cabinet-makers. Although Chippendale's plainer mahogany furniture has been historically more difficult to attribute, the furniture supplied to Lord Pembroke for Pembroke House around the same time as he was supplying furniture for Dumfries and furniture supplied to Ninian Home for Paxton House have been key in this study, see C.Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London 1978, p. 271-272. The more unsual three drawer rather than four drawer configuration is used by Chippendale on a 'neat black rosewood Commode with a slider and glass, drawers and good locks' supplied to Sir Edward Knatchbull in 1768 for Mersham Le Hatch, Kent, Ibid.,p.230 and pl.203.

    Simple floral marquetry as opposed to carving appears on the canted angles of chest by Gillows retailed by Gillows and Taylor circa 1769 which was sold Christie's London, 9 June 2005, thought to have been supplied to John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke and 9th Earl of Dorset (1745-1799).
A George III mahogany and floral marquetry Commode possibly attributable to Thomas Chippendale
A George III mahogany and floral marquetry Commode possibly attributable to Thomas Chippendale
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