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A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED HAREWOOD, SATINWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY BOMBE COMMODES
A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED HAREWOOD, SATINWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY BOMBE COMMODES

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED HAREWOOD, SATINWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY BOMBE COMMODES
Each with a diagonally-banded top with a central husk-framed roundel with a twin-handled urn, framed by ribbon-tied swags and foliage, above a pair of doors, inlaid with urns, framed by swags and scrolls and enclosing two shelves, the sides with conforming urns, the keeled angles with pierced rock-work and foliage mounts, on splayed feet, with hoof and foliage sabots, one commode inscribed in pencil to the reverse, 'E East S Side of Pier', restorations to the marquetry, the back legs on one commode wider
33 in. (85 cm.) high; one commode 49 in. (126.5 cm.) wide; the other 49 in. (125 cm.) wide; 22 in. (56 cm.) deep (2)

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The serpentined, marquetried and ormolu-mounted commodes are executed in the George III French manner and their bouquet-inlaid tops relate in particular to the fashion introduced in the late 1750s by Pierre Langlois 'bniste' of Tottenham Court Road, London. Being inlaid with husk-festooned urns on the tops, front and sides, their decoration relates in particular to that of a commode at West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire, possibly executed by Pierre Langlois Junior (d. 1781) (see P. Thornton and W. Rieder, 'Pierre Langlois, Ebniste. Part 4', The Connoisseur, April 1972, p. 272, fig. 12 and group XI).
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