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    Sale 5410

    The Sunday Sale

    20 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 165

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE COMMODE

    CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE COMMODE
    Circa 1770
    The moulded top above canted angles headed by carved acanthus leaves and four long graduated drawers, each with S-shaped keyholes, on splayed feet, originally mounted with oval plate handles
    35½ in. (90 cm.) high; 45 3/8 in. (105.4 cm.) wide; 23¼ in. (59 cm.) deep


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    The commode, with reed-banded tablets of fine figured mahogany, is elegantly serpentined with a bowed front and Grecian-scrolled feet. Like a related commode sold Christies King Street on 24th November 2005 (lot 113), it is fitted with fine locks intended for S-bitted keys, that appear to have been a speciality of the Gascoigne family, whose St.James's firm flourished from the 1770s to the 1790s. Their locks, which are sometimes stamped, have been recorded on furniture by leading London makers such as Thomas Chippendale (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, vol. 1, p.253 and vol. 11 fig. 267).

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