Price range: £50,000-£100,000     REF No. 4437621


A late 18th century Hepplewhite period mahogany commode of outstanding colour and patination, having serpentine shaped top crossbanded with goncalo alves and boxwood strung, radially veneered with figured mahogany and with central classical vase inlay within a satinwood oval, each corner of the top finely inlaid with engraved leaf ties, above four drawers similarly veneered and retaining the original gold lacquered oval ring handles, with classical vase centres, the top drawer fitted with a green baize lined brushing slide, flanked by canted corners with guilloche inlay and with a shaped apron and pointed splay feet.

An identical model but with less extravagant veneers, and without doubt from the same workshop, once belonged to Admiral Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805).

English, circa 1790

Height: 35 ¼ in; 89.5 cm
Width: 43 in; 109.5 cm
Depth: 23 ¼ in; 59 cm

Sotheby’s, ‘Important English Furniture’, 30th November, 2001, p.174.