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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 380

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1770

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    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE
    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1770
    Crossbanded overall, the top inlaid with a fan medallion bordered by swags of husks and drapery, the outer border inlaid with flowerheads in interlocking ribbons, the palm-flowered edge above a frieze drawer with a classical urn draped with foliate swags, above a door with ribbon-tied swags framing an oval of a classical maiden bearing pears and wine, enclosing two mahogany-fronted drawers, the sides with paterae framing ribbon-tied swags above a central medallion, on square tapering legs with harebells above palm caps, on tapering later block feet, the frieze drawer previously with divisions, the back with red wash, some re-engraving, particularly to the top
    34½ in. (87.5 cm.) high; 48¾ in. (124 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) deep


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    The inlay of the elliptical commode is a testament to the decorative language of the archaeological neo-classical spirit of the late 18th century. The commode's figurative medallion and palm-flowered cornice and feet, is conceived in the George III 'Roman' or 'Etruscan' fashion promoted by the 1774 Derby commode pattern, in the architects Robert and James Adams', Works in Architecture, 1779 (vol. II no. 1, pl. 8). The latter commode was executed by the Golden Square cabinet-makers, Messrs Ince and Mayhew, to Adam's design. The Adams' pattern features festive figures derived from T. Martyn and J. Lettice's, Antiquities of Herculaneum, 1773, as does the present veil-draped and oak-festooned medallion with its vestal bearing a fruit-tazza and ewer. A related tablet with this vestal, together with a tablet featuring a vestal together with the wine-deity Bacchus, derives from Sir William Hamilton and Baron d'Hancarville's, Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities, Naples, 1766-67, and features on a closely related drawer-fitted commode at Badminton House, Gloucestershire (L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, p. 232, figs. 221-222).

    Furthermore, the present commode's frieze of beribboned laurel baguettes, as well as its 'tablet' frames with flowered ribbon-guilloches suspended from bowed ribbon florettes in the spandrels, appear on a commode that was sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 5 July 1991, lot 135. Another commode closely related to the latter and attributed to Mayhew and Ince was in the possession of Partridges in 1963, and subsequently sold anonymously, Bonham's, London, 21 November 2006, lot 70.

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    Provenance

    Mr and Mrs Alex Abrahams; Sotheby's, London, 22 June 1979, lot 79.