Inlaid semi-elliptical satinwood commode

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Inlaid semi-elliptical satinwood commode


Inlaid semi-elliptical satinwood commode.

Height: 34″
Width: 44″
Depth: 19″
Ca.: 19th century, with 18th century elements

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An English inlaid semi-elliptical satinwood commode. A demi lune commode of neo-classical form, the marquetry in kingwood, tulipwood, burr veneers and harewood.

The fine quality top inlaid with a large conch shell with radiating trailing marquetry of bell-flower ribands, within a Vitruvian scroll border.

Sometimes these commodes reveal the hand of two different master cabinet makers with tops differing from the bases.

This inlaid semi-elliptical satinwood commode (or chest) contains three hinged cupboard doors each centered with oval panels inlaid with two-handled classical urns with drapery and flambeaux, on plinths set with burr veneers.

The central cupboard revealing a bank of three oak lined, fitted drawers, the flanking cupboards with shelves. Raised on short square tapering legs and spade feet. All in excellent condition.

Satinwood and marquetry commodes of this design reflect some of the highest achievements in English cabinet making.

19th century (antique), with 18th century elements.

Ref: A related pair of satinwood commodes are in the Royal Collection, made in 1781 for George IV when he was Prince of Wales. XQC 1988  95 & XQC 2004  GIII  284.

See also Robert Adam and Ince & Mayhew designs for similar satinwood marquetry commodes of the late 18th century.

Ref: John Fowler, described by the Duchess of Devonshire as the ‘Prince of Decorators’ (p.229), illustrates a similar commode in the Hunting Room at Clandon Park, Surrey.

A similar top inlaid with a large conch shell surrounded by swags, appears on a pair of card tables attributed to Thomas Chippendale, at Newby Hall. These tables are illustrated in Christopher Gilbert’s “The life and works of Thomas Chippendale”, Bristol 1978 p. 223, ill. 408.


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