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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 614

    A MATCHED PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY DRESSING-CHESTS

    BY WILLIAM GOMM, 1764

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    A MATCHED PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY DRESSING-CHESTS
    BY WILLIAM GOMM, 1764
    Each with canted rectangular moulded top above a slide lined with green baize and later handles, above four graduated drawers between angles carved with a bead moulding, on bracket feet, with three brass and one wood anti-friction castors, chest A with backboard inscribed 'For No. 5', chest B similarly inscribed 'For No. 7', the drawer handles original
    Chest A: 34¾ in. (88.5 cm.) high; 48 in. (122 cm.) wide; 25¾ in. (65.5 cm.) deep
    Chest B: 35 in. (89 cm.) high; 48 in. (122 cm.) wide; 25¼ in. (64 cm.) deep (2)


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    Gomm invoiced on 30 May 1763 'An Exceeding fine Serpentine Commode Dressing Table 4 foot behind & with 4 long Drawers with Blocks at the Corners neatly Carved the Back panel in Wainscott very good for ads Locks & neat strong plain Brass Work, Thread Scutcheons & on far @ 12.12 for No. 1 One Ditto for No. 8.@ 12.12_. One Ditto for No. 14 @ 12.12_ One Ditto for No. 21@ 12.12_' The numbering presumably relates to the bedroom for which they were intended. The present chests also bear such a numerical system marked on the backboards, which suggests that these were supplied in fairly large quantities. Of further interest is that the bill lists '6 Strong Packing Cases for do & Matts @ 14 ea @ 4.4_' indicating the close attention Gomm paid to transporting his pieces.
    The commode was a fashionable item of French origin in the 18th century and popularised by Thomas Chippendale, who illustrated a variety of forms in his Director (1754-62). They were popular bedroom accessories and outfitted with drawers for clothes before the general introduction of small dressing tables.
    Another commode supplied by Gomm for the larger sum of 15 guineas, was probably that sold by Lord Leigh, in these Rooms, 3 May, 1962, lot 54, and sold anonymously, 5 July, 1990, lot 149. A pair of similar commodes also supplied by Gomm for 12 guineas, was sold by Lord Leigh, in these Rooms, 3 May, 1962, lot 53.

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    Provenance

    Supplied to Edward Leigh (1742-1786), 5th Baron Leigh of Stoneleigh, Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire and by descent at Stoneleigh


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE STONELEIGH CHATTELS SETTLEMENT
    (LOTS 611-615)