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Commode: M/F.14-1938

Object information

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Demi-lune satinwood commode, with brass handles. Bow fronted. The top and panels are cross banded with tulipwood, with mahogany and box-wood round the upper edge, and round the spade feet of the four short, tapering, legs. The centre panel has three dummy drawers, and six drop ring handles with their plates opens as a cupboard door. The two panels on either side of the three drawers represent two dummy cupboards. There is one shelf in the interior, and the inside of the cupboard door is veneered in mahogany

Legal notes

C. E. Byas Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 47 cm
Height: 85.4 cm
Width: 95.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Byas, Cecil E.


Late 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1780

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Components of the work

Carcase composed of satinwood
Veneer composed of tulipwood
Handles composed of brass (alloy)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M/F.14-1938
Primary reference Number: 95945
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 July 2016 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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