The commodes retain all their original metalwork, and the Chinese lacquer has been preserved in exceptional condition. The drawer linings are made of aromatic cedar, suggesting use for clothes. This is supported by an inscription on the underside of one drawer stating ‘Lord Shaftsbury’s [sic] New Dressingroom’.
Literature: Illustrated: Margaret Jourdain, ‘St. Giles House, Dorsetshire’, ‘Country Life’, 13 March 1915, p. 337, and 20 March 1915, p. 375. Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture’, revised edition, 1954, vol. II, p. 114, fig. 12. Royal Academy of Arts, London, ‘English Taste in the Eighteenth Century exhibition catalogue’, 1955, p. 38, fig. 245; one of the pair. Anthony Coleridge, ‘Chippendale Furniture’, 1968, illus. 336.
Exhibitions: Royal Academy of Arts, London, English Taste in the Eighteenth Century exhibition, 1955; one of the pair.
Supplied to the 4th Earl of Shaftesbury for St. Giles House, Dorset, England, by descent until 1999; Pelham Galleries Ltd., London, England; Private collection, New York, USA.
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