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The commode retains the original ornate brass swan-neck carrying handles. The matching handles on the drawers also appear to be original. Metal analysis has revealed that the brass composition of both sets of handles corresponds.

An attribution to John Cobb can be ruled out. Although similar in design, commodes from the Cobb workshop tend to feature far more elaborate handles. Chippendale handles are usually more restrained in design, with the visual emphasis on choice of timber and overall shape. Here, for example, the back legs match the front legs with their lively movement. The back legs on Cobb commodes appear stiff in comparison.

A similar commode with identical handles and also attributed to Chippendale was formerly at Ham Court in Worcestershire.

Thomas Chippendale’s design of 1753 for a ‘French Commode Table’ is probably the design source for this commode.

Literature: Illustrated:
Connoisseur, 7 March 1953, no page number; trade advertisement with Mallett & Son Ltd.

Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director, 1st edition, 1754, pl. XLV.
Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, vol. II, 1978, p. 146, illus. 263.


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  • Provenance

    Mallett & Son Ltd., London, England;
    Private collection, New York, USA.


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