This commode, although unsigned, is close to one stamped Deloose and sold Sotheby's New York, 28 April 1990, lot 153. Deloose, even though he was of Flemish origin, was received as a maître in 1767, thanks to a royal edict. He made primarily sophisticated case pieces in the Transitional and Louis XVI style. Along with the extensive geometric parquetry with the central square rosettes, these two commodes also share the Vitruvian scroll frieze and its distinctive large central rosettes.
Baron Islington, Sir John Poynder Dickson-Poynder (1866-1936), of Scottish descent, was a distinguished politician, diplomat and miltary officer. Among other positions he served as an M.P. for Wiltshire, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of New Zealand in 1910 and in 1912 Under secretary of State for the Colonies and the following year, India.