The antique sarcophagus-scrolled commode is serpentined and ormolu-enriched in the French 'picturesque' manner, while its ribbon-banded top is parquetried in a Roman-mosaic with a lozenged compartment. Such 'commodes in the foreign taste' were advertised from the 1750s by the Tottenham Court Road workshops established by the ébéniste Pierre Langlois (d. 1765). Among related commodes was one, incorporating floral marquetry inlaid in rayed parquetry, that was formerly in the Leverhulme collection (P. Thornton and W. Rieder, 'Pierre Langlois, Ebéniste, Part 4, Connoisseur, April 1972, pp. 257-265, fig. 7).