19th century inlaid demi lune satinwood commode

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19th century inlaid demi lune satinwood commode


English inlaid semi-elliptical satinwood commode.

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


An English inlaid semi-elliptical satinwood 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 antique commode (or chest) contains three hinged cupboard doors each centred with oval panels inlaid with two-handled classical urns with drapery, flambeaux, and ram’s heads, 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, 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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