Width: 57" 145cm
Depth: 20 1/2" 52cm
A pair of commodes from the latter half of the eighteenth century in a combination of satinwood and purpleheart with painted decoration to the oval panels in the doors. These highly functional pieces, with the drawer in the frieze and cupboards below, are excellent quality. This quality is illustrated by the inclusion of satinwood, which has become the most wonderful light colour, and silver plated handles.
Pairs of commodes such as these are very rare and their inclusion in the Art Treasures Exhibition is testament to this fact. At this time they were owned by the American dealer Alistair Stair who sold them to a private collector.
The Lord Amherst, Later Baron Amherst of Montreal, Kent (b. 29 Jan. 1717 d. 3 Aug. 1797)
Stair & Co.
The Art Treasures Exhibition, New York, 1967
Item 27, exhibited by Stair & Co.
A strikingly similar pair formerly in the collection of Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, KG, TD. Sold to Irwin Untermyer and now in the Metropolitan Museum , New York.
English Furniture, The Irwin Untermyer Collection. Plate 287, Fig 329