Stock Code: 2478
Description: A superb & highly unusual, if not unique, George III figured mahogany serpentine commode, attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough. The top of full serpentine form with an inverted superstructure, with two panelled doors opening to reveal a fitted interior of drawers and pigeon holes. The top of the main commode extending to form a convenient writing surface. Below an arrangement of four graduated serpentine drawers fitted with original gilt brass swan neck handles, bordered by serpentine shaped outstanding front edge corners. A lower shaped apron joins the extravagantly out-swept feet. In addition to the traditional horizontal serpentine form, the front and sides also have a gentle serpentine form in the vertical. A highly significant piece of furniture, superb quality, excellent figuring, choice veneers and wonderful colour and patina throughout.
Further Information: Exuding quality and attention to detail, the creator of this piece went to extraordinary lengths to create one of the finest commodes that is available on the market today. Although bearing a close resemblance to pieces illustrated in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Catalogue of Commodes, this piece is surely unique, in both quality and design.
Henry Hill of Marlborough was active from 1740 until his death in 1778 and was based in the town of Marlborough in Wiltshire, which is conveniently situated between London and Bath, a very fashionable town at the time. Henry Hill established himself not only as a cabinetmaker, but also a coach-maker, an auctioneer, an estate agent and an insurance company representative. He had a large client list which included members of the aristocracy such as the Duke of Somerset at Maiden Bradley, the Earl of Radnor at Longford Castle and Lord Methuen at Corsham Court, Wiltshire.
Condition: Excellent. Minor old restorations, waxing. Brassware, locks and feet apparently original.
Country of Origin: England
Origin/Age: English, George III, circa 1770
Provenance: With Jeremy Ltd, London sold to Sir Philip Harris (now Lord Harris), then with Apter Fredericks Ltd, London. Exhibited Masterpiece Fair by Michael Hughes Antiques Ltd, London.
Maker: Atb: Henry Hill of Marlborough
Dimensions: Height 43.00 inches (109.22cm) Width 42.00 inches (106.68cm) Depth 24.00 inches (60.96cm)