The commode retains all the original ornate brass handles, and features two short drawers above two banks of false drawers which conceal a cupboard with a single fitted shelf.
The unusual and fine handles on this commode correspond with handles on pieces attributed to William Hallett, who is also known as one of the St. Martin’s Lane Syndicate in London, England. Other members of the syndicate were William Vile and John Cobb. The highly talented John Bradburn was apprenticed to Vile and had close connections to the other two workshops, thus giving him access to this unusual model of handle.
The sinuous curve of this commode can be found on several recorded pieces by Bradburn, including a commode supplied to the Royal Household.
Literature: F. Lewis Hinckley, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and Regency Furniture, 1987, p. 233, pl. 199.
Needham Antiques, New York, USA.
Private collection, USA.
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