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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND MAHOGANY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND MAHOGANY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The D-shaped top crossbanded in tulipwood and purpleheart above a panelled frieze enclosing a central mahogany-lined friezed drawer, flanked by two simulated frieze drawers, above three doors the central door inlaid with an oval, each door enclosing two shelves, on square tapering legs and spade feet, the frieze with associated 18th century oval Sheffield plate handles, the back with fragmentary depository label inscribed 'Lewis'
    37 in. (94 cm.) high; 55¼ in. (140.5 cm.) wide; 23¾ in. (60.5 cm.) deep


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    The commode-table, intended to stand beneath the window-pier mirror of a George III reception Dressing Room, is elliptically curved in demi-medallion form in the George III Roman fashion popularised by the Countess of Derby's Dressing Room commode illustrated in the Rome-trained court architect Robert Adam's, Works in Architecture, 1774.
    Its elegant architectural style using Roman tablets and medallions was also promoted by the architect James Wyatt (d. 1813); and featured in Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co.'s, Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788. Gillow of London and Lancaster designated this form of elliptical commode a circular commode in their 1788 Estimate Sketch Book, when supplying an elegant satinwood commode wreathed in purple ribbons for Workington Hall, Cumbria (S. E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 2 vols., Woodbridge, 2008, pls. 538 and 539). With its herm-tapered pilasters and frieze tablets embellished with silvery drawer-handles shaped as medallioned libation-paterae and festooned with laurels, it also relates to a dressing-room pembroke-table that is similar to a contemporary Workington table supplied by Gillow (see Sotheby's London, 19 November 1993, lot 100; and L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, fig. 60).

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    Provenance

    Lewis.