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Commode: M.6-1953

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Vile, William (Probably)




Mahogany commode, veneered in rosewood, with applied pinewood decoration. The lifting top with moulded border enclosing a recess. Serpentine shaped front and curved sides, the front with panelled doors enclosing two long drawers. The canted angles with corbels and moulded columns on shaped bracket feet. The panels to the doors are decorated with applied carved and gilt berried foliage, and wheat ears tied by ribands in moulded scroll and foliage borders. The sides with moulded foliage, and oval borders to the panels, the angles with pendant foliage and husks to the corbels and acanthus leaves. The frieze with wave ornament, the lower border egg and tongue ornament, and the bracket feet with foliage and wave ornament.
The top is inset with Chinese black lacquer decorated in gold and colours with pagoda buildings, trees, and rockwork in a river landscape. The angles have fan pattern medallions. The border has a vandyck and floral design on a gold ground. Mounted with ormolu rope pattern loop handles at the sides, suspended from berried laurel foliage bosses


History note: The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Shaftesbury, KP, PC, GCVO; sold Christies' 22 October 1953, lot 101; sold for 1200 guineas to F. Partridge, 144 New Bond Street, W1.

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Purchased with the Marlay Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 35 in
Width: 44 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1953-11-26) by Partridge, Frank


18th Century, Mid-Late
George II
Production date: circa AD 1750


Made for St Gile's House, Dorset, the home of 4th Earl of Shaftesbury.

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Components of the work

Top composed of lacquer ( Chinese)
Moulding composed of gilding pine
Handles composed of ormolu
Cabinet composed of mahogany
Doors And Sides composed of rosewood
Decoration, Columns

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1953
Primary reference Number: 95789
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 16 August 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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