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.