Description & Technical information

A George III ormolu mounted yew wood commode.
The use of yew wood on this striking commode is an unusual feature and could possibly suggest that it was made by Mayhew & Ince of Golden Square in London, England. The gadrooned brass moulding would also support this attribution. Other workshops, however, such as Vile & Cobb, also based in London, and Henry Hill of Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, also included bombé commodes of this type in their output, and a firm attribution is therefore not possible.  The commode retains all the original brass mounts and is fitted with a fixed shelf behind the doors.

Date:  1765
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  England
Medium: Yew, Ormolu
Dimensions: 87 x 122.5 x 61 cm (34¹/₄ x 48¹/₄ x 24 inches)
Provenance: Leonard Knight Ltd., London, England, 1948.
The Moller Collection, Thorncombe Park, Surrey, England.
Hotspur Ltd., London, England, until 1986.
Simon Sainsbury, London, England, until 2008.
Private collection, England.
Literature: Illustrated:
Antique Collector, January/February 1948, p. 1; advertisement with Leonard Knight Ltd.
R. W. Symonds, ‘English Rococo Furniture’, Country Life Annual 1954, p. 122.
R. W. Symonds, Furniture Making in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century England, 1955, p. 112, fig. 166.
The Grosvenor House Antiques Fair handbook, London, 1986, p. 73.
Christie’s, ‘Simon Sainsbury - The Creation of an English Arcadia’, sale catalogue, vol. I, 18 June 2008, pp. 134-5, lot 65.
Exhibitions: The Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, London, 1986, with Hotspur Ltd.
Categories: Furniture