George III mahogany serpentine commode possibly by Thomas Chippendale

Stock Code: 2005 - SOLD

Description: A fine George III mahogany serpentine commode exceptional constructional quality and fine colour and patina, possibly by Thomas Chippendale. The serpentine fronted top, with moulded edge, over four long graduated, cock-beaded, oak lined drawers fitted with original gilt brass handles, with a brushing slide unusually located between the top and second drawers. The base again with shaped bracket feet to the front and again unusually a plinth to either side.

Further Information: This form of chest of drawers with elegantly serpentined and moulded top on a rectilinear chest relates to that of others supplied by Thomas Chippendale, including at Mersham-le-Hatch, Kent, in 1768 and at Paxton House, Berwickshire, in 1774. Its antique pattern of reed-and-pateraed handles was also adopted by Chippendale at this period and featured on a japanned clothes-press supplied to Sir Rowland Winn for the closet adjoining the State Bedchamber at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire (C.Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol.II, figs. 203, 206 and 263). The red wash on the underside and laminated blocks to the feet is a characteristic feature of a number of pieces of mahogany furniture at Dumfries House, Ayrshire, which were attributed to 'The Dumfries House Cabinet-Maker' - possibly Thomas Chippendale.

Condition: Excellent. Minor old restorations, waxing. Brassware believed to be original.

Country of Origin: England

Origin/Age: English, George III, circa 1770

Provenance: The Reverend G. A. Clarkson, Amberley, Sussex, June 1873 thence by descent.

Maker: Possibly by Thomas Chippendale

Dimensions: Height 38.00 inches (96.52cm) Width 45.00 inches (114.30cm) Depth 24.00 inches (60.96cm)

Price: £23,950