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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 256

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

    CIRCA 1775, THE MAJORITY OF THE MARQUETRY ADDED

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, MAHOGANY AND AMARANTH MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE
    CIRCA 1775, THE MAJORITY OF THE MARQUETRY ADDED
    The crossbanded top with a sunflower paterae surrounded by a foliate and beribboned border, above a pair of quarter-veneered panelled doors with ribbon-tied husk garlands above a two-handled urn in an oval, enclosing a two adjustable later mahogany shelves, the conforming sides with musical trophies in an oval, on square tapering legs, the reverse marked '55128_53' and marked in white chalk '29/MJ', the husk inlay on the uprights and legs original, the remainder of the marquetry added, probably in the late 19th/early 20th century
    36 in. (91.5 cm.) high; 39¼ in. (100 cm.) wide; 19¼ in. (49 cm.) deep


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    This window-pier 'commode table', with its geometric elliptic form and 'Roman' medallion-inlaid tablets, reflects the George III 'antique' manner popularised by The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam (1773). Its 'poetic' ornament of a Palmyreen sunflower with laurelled sacred urns, appropriate to Robert Adam's 'columbarium' or vase-chamber fashion, can be found on a 1784 pier-table pattern in the Gillow archives (see L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, fig.9).
    Another George III satinwood and marquetry commode from Mr Stern's collection was sold anonymously, Christie's New York, 16 April 2002, lot 286 ($71,700).

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    Provenance

    The Property of Miss F.M. Compton, formerly part of the Collection of the late Alfred Stern Esq., Christie's, London, 27 October 1960, lot 83.


    Literature

    M. Harris & Sons, Old Furniture & Works of Decorative Art, Vol. III, p. 361.