15 April 2005
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY COMMODE CHAIR
CIRCA 1765, LATER ADAPTED TO A COMMODE CHAIR
The rectangular fret-carved back and sides over a hinged plank seat above panelled sides and an open back, bearing a printed Christie's label Furniture from St. Giles House June 26th 1980
[Almost certainly] supplied to the 4th Earl of Shaftesbury (d. 1771) for St Giles's House, Dorset and by descent at St. Giles's until
Sold by the late The Earl of Shaftesbury; Christie's, London, 26 June 1980, lot 39 [as a set of three armchairs together with a pair converted to commode chairs].
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See note to lot 302 (pair of chairs en suite).
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