A Magnificent George III Inlaid Harewood & Serpentine Shaped Commode in the Manner of John Cobb

A Magnificent George III Inlaid Harewood & Serpentine Shaped Commode in the Manner of John Cobb
Height: 35" 89cm
Width: 54 ½ " 138.5cm
Depth: 23 ¾ " 60cm
Origination: English
Circa: 1780

This colourful ‘commode-table’ is conceived in the French/antique manner introduced in the 1760s for the window-piers of fashionable reception / dressing-rooms. Thomas Chippendale promoted such beautiful ‘French Commodes’,  with the third edition of his  ‘Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director’, 1762; and being intended for decoration rather than use, they were later considered appropriate also for Drawing Rooms.

This example is inlaid with the most graceful sprays of flowers and classical urns in the manner of Robert Adam.  These would have originally been stained a number of different colours but have now faded to a mellow golden colour. Although tentative, the attribution to Cobb is in part due to the close similarity between the inlay on this commode and the inlay on other commodes attributed to him.

 

 

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