Description: Circa 1730, France
An important and unusual bombé-shaped mahogany commode with brass embellishments from the early eighteenth century, made on the Atlantic coast of France and generally described as a “port commode”.
The quality of the timber, which is close grained, dense mahogany, and the unusual early mounts, would point to this commode being made on a special order for a person of high standing or a rich merchant.
Mahogany was highly prized and expensive at this time. It was purchased in the Americas and used in the building of ships. Mahogany also had an added value of being very useful as ballast during the return voyages.
The shaped front and sides; unusual proportions; and the important brass ornamentation all contribute to making a superb example of regional French furniture. The weight of the timber indicates that it is made of the best Cuban mahogany.
Location of Origin: Europe
Medium/Materials: Cuban mahogany, brass
Dimensions: Maximum Height: 48.5in (123cm), Maximum Width: 47.5in (121cm), Maximum Depth: 27.5in (70cm)
Primary Classification: Decorative Arts and Furniture : Furniture : Chest of Drawers, Commodes, Writing desks