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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 615


    BY WILLIAM GOMM, 1763-64

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    BY WILLIAM GOMM, 1763-64
    The canted rectangular moulded top above a slide lined with green baize, above four graduated drawers between angles carved with a bead moulding, on bracket feet with two brass anti-friction castors and one later brass castor, the fourth castor lacking, the drawer handles original, the backboard branded twice 'LL' below a crown, the backboard inscribed 'For No. 4'
    34½ in. (87.5 cm.) high; 48 in. (112 cm.) wide; 25 in. (63.5 cm.) deep

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    Gomm invoiced on 30 May 1763 'An Exceeding fine Serpentine Commode Dressing Table 4 foot behind & with 4 long Drawers with Blocks at the Corners neatly Carved the Back panel in Wainscott very good for ads Locks & neat strong plain Brass Work, Thread Scutcheons & on far @ 12.12 for No. 1 One Ditto for No. 8.@ 12.12_. One Ditto for No. 14 @ 12.12_ One Ditto for No. 21@ 12.12_' The numbering presumably relates to the bedroom for which they were intended. The present chests also bear such a numerical system marked on the backboards, which suggests that these were supplied in fairly large quantities. Of further interest is that the bill lists '6 Strong Packing Cases for do & Matts@ 14 ea @ 4.4_' indicating the close attention Gomm paid totransporting his pieces.
    The commode was a fashionable item of French origin in the 18th century and popularised by Thomas Chippendale, who illustrated a variety of forms in his Director (1754-62). They were popular bedroom accessories and outfitted with drawers for clothes before the general introduction of small dressing tables.
    Another commode supplied by Gomm for the larger sum of 15 guineas was probably that sold by Lord Leigh, in these Rooms, 3 May, 1962, lot 54, and sold anonymously, 5 July, 1990, lot 149. A similar pair of commodes to the present lot and supplied by Gomm for 12 guineas was sold by Lord Leigh, in these Rooms, 3 May, 1962, lot 53.

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    Supplied to Edward Leigh (1742-1786), 5th Baron Leigh of Stoneleigh, Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire and by descent at Stoneleigh

    Pre-Lot Text

    (LOTS 611-615)