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A GEORGE III CALAMANDER AND EBONISED SERPENTINE COMMODE

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THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE DR. ERIC TILL, SOLD BY ORDER OF THE EXECUTORS (LOTS 20-26)
A GEORGE III CALAMANDER AND EBONISED SERPENTINE COMMODE

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A GEORGE III CALAMANDER AND EBONISED SERPENTINE COMMODE The rectangular crossbanded top with boxwood and green-stained lines, above a red felt-lined slide and three part cedar-lined drawers, flanked by rounded angles on bracket feet with castors the handles probably associated; and a copper plate engraving for a book illustration 33¼ in. (84.5 cm.) high; 48¾ in. (124 cm.) wide; 21¾ in. (55 cm.) deep
Provenance
Bought by Mrs. Dorothea Till in 1943 at a Richardson's sale for about £32. It had belonged to a Richardson aunt, deceased.
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Essay

The elegantly serpentined top of golden Indian calamander or 'coromandel wood', has richly-figured black striations, which earned it the name of 'marblewood'. It is framed by a moulded border that is painted black to create the antique 'Etruscan' fashion popularised by Robert Adam's Works in Architecture, 1774. A 'toilet-table' slide is concealed, like the drawers, by the striped veneer that creates an appropriate muslin-drapery effect. Its rounded columnar angles are echoed by its ebonised plinth and truss-bracketed feet; and its golden handles are suitably enriched with tasselled lambrequin drapery suspended from an acanthus flower. The pattern for the palm-flowered and reeded handle, numbered '1487', features in an 18th Century metal-worker's pattern book preserved at the Victoria and Albert Museum (N. Goodison, 'Metal-Work Pattern Books', Furniture History, 1975, pl. 23).

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