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A fine George III mahogany serpentine commode of superb colour and patina, in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, the shaped top with a moulded edge and projecting front corners above an unusual arrangement of drawers, all of the finest quality, with two dummy drawers in the centre revealing one deep compartment, with finely cast and chased gilt-brass handles and raised on rare shaped bracket feet.
The highly unusual bracket feet on this commode are almost identical to those seen on a pair of serpentine commodes supplied by Thomas Chippendale to Ninian Home for Paxton House, Scotland in 1774. This rare bracket foot is also found on another serpentine commode, almost certainly by Chippendale, supplied to the 10th Earl of Pembroke for Wilton House Wiltshire, circa 1770 (cf. Christopher Gilbert, 'The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale', 1978, p. 117, figs. 205-6). The link to Chippendale is strengthened by the fact that the handles on the present commode are of a pattern frequently used by Chippendale. As well as being of a grand size and of superb colour the commode is also distinguished by its highly unusual serpentine outline and drawer arrangement - quite possibly a unique combination.
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