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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

    A GEORGE III HAREWOOD, ROSEWOOD-CROSSBANDED AND SATINWOOD-INLAID BOWFRONT COMMODE

    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1770

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    A GEORGE III HAREWOOD, ROSEWOOD-CROSSBANDED AND SATINWOOD-INLAID BOWFRONT COMMODE
    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1770
    The top with demi-lune patera above a fitted drawer and three further graduated drawers, on fluted tapering legs, indistinct ink inscription to the lock chamber of the bottom drawer, lacking mirror and some fitments to top drawer, the top partially re-veneered and with some repairs, the feet now in their original position
    34 in. (87 cm.) high; 52 in. (132 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (55 cm.) deep


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    This elegant commode draws strongly on the neo-classical fashion of the late 18th century, popularised by designers such as Robert Adam and employed by the firm of Mayhew and Ince. A pair of related commodes attributed to Mayhew & Ince was supplied to Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston (1739-1802), for the Book Room at Broadlands, Hampshire (Lucy Wood, Lady Lever - A Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, p. 214, pls. 202-4). There are many striking similarities between the Broadlands commodes and the present, slightly more restrained, commode: most notably the use of a similarly crossbanded harewood ground; the arrangement of bell-flowers in the marquetry; and the use of ebonised edge-mouldings. Furthermore, other commodes at Broadlands display almost identical ring-handles. Whilst invoices for this pair and other commodes have not been traced, contemporary accounts and letters survive demonstrating that the firm carried out extensive work for Lord Palmerston before 1797, at both Broadlands and 22 Hanover Square, London (G. Beard & C. Gilbert, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 596).

    A related commode with very similar ring-handles attributed to Mayhew and Ince was sold Christie's New York, 30 April 2007, lot 100.

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    Provenance

    Probably acquired by either James Montgomery (1720-1803), for Stobo Castle, Peeblesshire, or by George Graham (1730-1801) for Kinross House, Kinross-shire, and by descent until
    Sold Christie's London, 30 March 2011, lot 95.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (LOTS 37-38)