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Description: England, 1770-1780
The breakfront top decorated with fan and foliate swags in marquetry incorporating satinwood, purpleheart, ebony and boxwood inlays with kingwood cross-banding, above three graduated breakfront drawers decorated with marquetry drapery flanked by canted corners with marquetry foliate decoration, raised on tapering swept legs. The handles and the escutcheons are original.
Location of Origin: England
Medium/Materials: satinwood, purpleheart, ebony and boxwood inlays with kingwood cross-banding
Dimensions: Height: 33 inches (84cm), Width: 44.25 inches (112.5cm), Depth: 19 inches (48.5cm)
Primary Classification: Decorative Arts and Furniture : Furniture : Chest of Drawers, Commodes, Writing desks
Expertise: 'It is evident that important cabinet makers after 1770 concentrated their strongest efforts on the commode, that is was the most fashionable piece of furniture, and that a certain amount of competition existed in the production and patronage of this article.' (Percy MacQuoid, The Age of Satinwood, 1908)
The form and decoration of this elegant commode relate directly to the influence of Robert Adam and French taste, which dominated furniture design in the 1770s and 80s. The breakfront design was used on a number of commodes known to have been made by Chippendale, and relates closely to the commode (cat. No. 13) at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.