• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 43

    A GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BOMBE COMMODE

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, ALTERED

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    A GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BOMBE COMMODE
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, ALTERED
    The associated shaped serpentine top above a pair of crossbanded and quarter-veneered doors enclosing two shelves, the keeled angles with scrolled foliate clasps and husk trails, on splayed feet with foliate sabots, labelled to the reverse 'ANTIQUE FURNITURE FROM NORMAN ADAMS LTD 8-10, HANS ROAD. LONDON. S.W.3', reduced in depth by approximately 2 in. (5 cm.), the ends partly reveneered, the back panel associated
    36 in. (91 cm.) high; 56 in. (142 cm.) wide; 24½ in. (63 cm.) deep


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    This 'commode' form, elegantly serpentined in the Roman 'sarcophagus' manner and ormolu-enriched with flowers and foliage, was introduced to London in the 1750s by the Paris trained ébéniste, Pierre Langlois (d. 1767) of Tottenham Court Road, and featured on his trade sheet advertising 'Commodes made and inlaid in the Politest manner' (P. Thornton and W. Rieder, 'Pierre Langlois, Ebéniste', Connoisseur, December 1971, p. 284). The execution of Langlois' 'picturesque' ormolu mounts at this period has been attributed to the bronze-founder Dominique Jean.

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