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An important and rare pair of mid 18th century Chippendale period rosewood and padouk ormolu mounted bombe commodes attributed to Pierre Langlois. Each having a serpentine shaped quarter veneered top, diagonally crossbanded in rosewood and outlined with tulipwood crossbanding, above a single drawer veneered with padouk to the centre and outlined with tulipwood crossbanding and further crossbanding with diagonal rosewood, retaining the original rococo handles and escutcheons and opening to reveal a sliding leather lined writing surface; above twin doors similarly veneered with two adjustable shelves behind, and a shaped apron below with centred rocaille mount and flanked by bombe corner angles with finely chased anthemion mounts and floral banding, terminating in splay feet with acanthus leaf scrolled sabots. The sides veneered conformingly with shaped fields of diagonal padouk and diagonally crossbanded with rosewood.

The attribution to Pierre Langlois is firmly based on strong similarities to well-documented commodes by Langlois which share the same veneer patterns, overall shaped and distinctive ormolu mounts. This metalwork is attributed to Dominique Jean, who married Pierre Langlois' daughter.

Note: Interiors originally fitted with drawers, now having adjustable shelves.

Literature: Anthony Coleridge, ‘Chippendale Furniture’, London 1968, plates 50/51.
Christies, ‘Important English Furniture’, sale catalogue 3rd July 1997, The Dundas Commodes, pp. 230-235
Danielle O. Kisluk-Grosheide, Wolfram Koeppe and William Rieder, ‘European Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’, New York 2006, pp. 155/156.

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  • Provenance

    Blairman and Sons, London, 1958;
    Lord and Lady Samuel, Wych Cross, Surrey.


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