• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 112

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SATINWOOD, ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY COMMODES

    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1775

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SATINWOOD, ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY COMMODES
    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1775
    Each associated rectangular alabaster-veneered top above two cupboard doors with fan medallions enclosed by ribbon-tied husk chains, on a plinth base, one cabinet enclosing a secretaire drawer over three further drawers, the other cabinet later adapted and now with two removable shelves to one side and with back cut, the alabaster-veneered tops 18th century and re-used
    33¼ in. (84.5 cm.) high, 50 in. (127 cm.) wide, 22 in. (56 cm.) deep (2)


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    Mayhew and Ince supplied a pair of related commodes, each inlaid with a Roman urn, to the 6th Earl of Coventry for Croome Court, Worcestershire in 1765 (A. Coleridge, Chippendale Furniture, London, 1968, p. 66, fig. 119 and G. Beard, 'Decorators and Furniture Makers at Croome Court, Furniture History, 1993, p. 99). Designed for a bedroom apartment, each was fitted with a brushing-slide above a pair of doors, one enclosing drawers and the other sliding shelves, and featured striking contrasting veneers. The box-like form, use of marble for the tops and engraved ribbon-tied marquetry are all features employed by Mayhew and Ince and link the present commodes to their work. A pair of commodes attributed to the firm with closely related marquetry was sold from Tythrop Park, Christie's, London, 27 April 1995, lot 36. Related ribbon-tied medallions feature on the pair of marquetry commodes supplied to the 2nd Viscount Palmerston for Broadlands, Hampshire, circa 1788 (H. Roberts, 'Towards an English Louis Seize, Furniture at Broadlands, Hampshire - II', Country Life, 5 February 1981, p. 347, fig. 3).

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    With Randolph, Hadleigh, Suffolk.
    The late Marion Johnson Wise, Jr., New York; Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 1991, lot 351.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE CANADIAN COLLECTOR (LOT 112)