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    Sale 1993

    Important English Furniture

    25 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 69


    CIRCA 1765

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1765
    Of rectangular form with serpentine front, with a conforming case of four graduated long drawers, the uppermost drawer enclosing a baize-lined writing-surface with hinged pen and ink writing-compartment and sliding back to reveal a series of mahogany-lined drawers, the case with canted angles carved with bead-and-reel and scrolling foliage to the top and bottom, on bracket feet with recessed anti-friction casters
    32 in. (81 cm.) high, 43 in. (109 cm.) wide, 23¼ in. (59 cm.) deep

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    This commode clothes-press with its serpentined forms enriched with flowers and foliage, is designed in the French style introduced around 1770 by the St. Martin's Lane cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779). Its refined elegance evolved from patterns engraved in 1753 for a 'French Commode Table' and issued then in Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, pl. LXVI. Designed for a window-pier, its top drawer is fitted with a dressing-table slide. Other refinements such as the veneering to the inside edge of the drawer fronts, quarter-fillet drawer construction, double-panelled bck and the design of the handles (similar to those used by Chippendale) further suggest it was manufactured by a high end London firm.

    The serpentine front, scrolled carving to the top of the chamfered corners and the bracket feet relate to a Chippendale carved mahogany secretaire-commode illustrated in F. Lewis, A Directory of Queen Anne Early Georgian and Chippendale Furnitture , New York, 1971, pp. 237, plate 427.


    with Freeman & Lloyd, London, 2000.