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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 69

    A GEORGE III PADOUK, ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY BOMBE COMMODE

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III PADOUK, ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY BOMBE COMMODE
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The shaped rectangular crossbanded top inlaid with a rose enclosed by foliage with kingwood edge, above two mahogany-lined drawers centred by an anthemion issuing acanthus, between keeled angles, the side panels with a flowered lozenge in a medallion fringed with foliage, on slightly cabriole legs, the handles apparently original, with a red wash on the back and underside, with pine carcase and no central dust-board
    31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) high; 46¼ in. (117.5 cm.) wide; 20¾ in. (53 cm.) deep


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    The 'commode-table', intended to stand beneath the window-pier mirror of a George III reception Dressing Room, has Roman trussed and Grecian scrolled pilasters; while its rich inlay reflects the George III French fashion as introduced around 1760 by the Paris-trained ébéniste Pierre Langlois (d. 1767) of Tottenham Court Road. However, the elegance of its inlay of flowered rainceaux of Roman acanthus foliage relates more closely to the antique designs of Thomas Chippendale Junior's, Sketches of Ornament, 1779 (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, vol. II, pp. 16-19). Its top is serpentined in a cupid-bow, and evokes lyric poetry with a trompe l'oeil of a rose-stem, sacred to Venus. This is displayed in a laurel-wreathed medallion and framed by Apollonian sunflowers issuing from a trophy of conjoined acanthus stems. The façade has a similarly bowed lambrequin apron, while its tablets display triumphal palms issuing from similar foliage that wreathes the golden sunflowered medallion-paterae, whose laurelled garlands provide drawer-handles. The medallions inlaid in the side tablets incorporate flowered lozenged compartments to recall Rome's Temple of Venus.

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