One commode is fitted with three drawers retaining the original Dutch axe handles, the other with a fixed shelf. The pair have been separated for a considerable time, and we have been very fortunate to be able to bring them together once again.
The flower swirl paterae, typical of the Chippendale workshop, can also be seen on the satinwood secrétaire à abbatant from Harewood House, Yorkshire, England. The reeded tapering legs are repeated on a suite of seat furniture from the White Drawing Room at Harewood.
Chippendale produced very few demi-lune commodes. Apart from this pair, the only examples known to exist are one recorded from Denton Hall, Yorkshire, now in the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, USA, and two unrecorded in a private collection in England.

Literature: The commode with shelf interior:
Country Life, 7 August 1975; advertisement with Asprey & Co. Ltd., London.

The commode with drawers:
Antique Collector, May 1951; advertisement with J. W. Blanchard Ltd., Winchester.
Antique Collector, June 1951; advertisement with Harrods Ltd., London.
Apollo, 1953; advertisement with Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., London.

Exhibitions: The commode with drawers:
The Antique Dealers’ Fair and Exhibition, London, 1951, with Harrods Ltd., London. 

  • Provenance

    The commode with shelf interior:

    The Rt. Hon. Adele, Countess Cadogan, London, England;
    Asprey & Co. Ltd., London, England;
    Mrs. Dorothy Francis, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England;
    Ray Mill House, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England;
    Private collection, England.

    The commode with drawers:

    The Rt. Hon. Mrs. Barton, London, England;
    Colonel Norman Coleville MC, Launceston, Cornwall, England;
    J. W. Blanchard Ltd., Winchester, England;
    Harrods Ltd., London, England;
    Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., London, England; 
    Private collection, England;
    Ronald Phillips Ltd., London, England;
    Private collection, New York, USA.


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