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    Sale 5936

    The Country House Sale - Property of the 14th Earl of Kintore & The Collection of the Late Bernard Lyons, C.B.E.

    18 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 257

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, AMARANTH, MAHOGANY, HAREWOOD AND MARQUETRY SERPENTINE COMMODE

    CIRCA 1775

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, AMARANTH, MAHOGANY, HAREWOOD AND MARQUETRY SERPENTINE COMMODE
    CIRCA 1775
    The shaped hinged top centred by a flowerhead in an oval surrounded by ribbon-tied foliate arabesques, enclosing a blank interior, above a door with a circular central musical trophy encircled by foliate arabesques, enclosing a shelf, the side panels with conforming oval musical trophies, on square tapering legs and block feet, the reverse inscribed in white chalk '788KY', the interior inscribed '14/7/45', the underside of the top, the edge banding of the top and carcase with replaced veneers
    35¾ in. (91 cm.) high; 42¼ in. (107 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43.5 cm.) deep


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    This commode closely relates to a George III harewood and sycamore ormolu-mounted marquetry commode, circa 1775, in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, discussed by Lucy Wood (op. cit., No. 18, pp. 171-175). Both commodes share an identical and unusual curvilinear shape and a distinctive marquetry style. Lucy Wood discusses these commodes and other furniture sharing similar characteristics, which almost certainly originated from the same workshop, including two commodes, one sold anonymously, Sotheby's, 16 November 1984, lot 156 and another sold at Boardman's of Haverhill, the Town Hall, Clare, Suffolk, 17 May 1989, lot 217 (op. cit., figs. 164 & 161 respectively), both of which were constructed with hinged tops like the current lot. Another part of this group is a George III ormolu-mounted sycamore, satinwood and marquetry pier table, offered anonymously, Christie's, London, 22 January 2009, lot 56.

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    Provenance

    The Rt. Hon. P. Buchan Hepburn, M.P., sold Christie's, London, 8 December 1955, lot 81.


    Literature

    L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, p. 174, fig. 164.