The decoration of this pair of commodes is based upon the work of George Brookshaw who is renowned for his botanical drawings, but was also established as a cabinet-maker for a short period at the end of the eighteenth century. Opening his workshop on Curzon Street in 1777, he specialized in highly decorative and individual commissions. These often included entirely painted commodes or chimney-pieces with medallions after Angelica Kaufmann or in his own individual style of floral decoration. His clientele included the Prince of Wales, later George IV, Lord Delaval and the Duke of Beaufort to name a few. After 1794, it appears that Brookshaw concentrated on his career as a botanical illustrator as he is no longer recorded in the directories. His work is discussed in further detail by L. Wood, 'George Brookhsaw, The Case of the Vanishing Cabinet-maker: Part I' and 'George Brookshaw, Peintre Ebéniste Extraordinaire: Part II', Apollo Magazine, May and June 1991. A similar pair of commodes after Brookshaw were sold, Property of a New York Collector, Sotheby's, New York, 30 April - 1 May 2003, lot 686.