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border and with a wide band of trailing leaf vines, above a frieze with acanthus leaves and drapery swags;
below are three doors each with an oval medallion, the centre door with a painted oval panel depicting
Diana, the side doors with swagged urns and foliate scrolls; all within bell-flower borders, each door
enclosing three blue paper-lined drawers, on later square feet.
of Mayhew and Ince, the celebrated Golden-Square, London cabinet-makers. These were
first discussed in Hugh Robert’s, 'The Derby House Commode', The Burlington Magazine,
vol.CXXVII, no.986, May 1985, pp275 - 283, while a group of related commodes from
the collection formed by William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851-1925) at the Lady
Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, are detailed in Lucy Wood’s, Catalogue of Commodes, 1994.
The commode’s top is centered by a sunflower and fan patera which corresponds to a
commode attributed to Mayhew and Ince and illustrated in Lucy Wood (ibid, pp.236-238,
no.28), while the unusual treatment of the husk or split-leaf that decorates the frieze and
borders the painted medallion relates to a commode made from a side table attributed to
the firm (L.Wood, ibid, pp.299-302, no.40). The husk wreath bordering the oval panel in
the door is similar to that on a serpentine commode in the Leverhulme collection
(L.Wood, ibid, pp.217-221, no.24). The overall form of this commode is unusual in that the
stiles dividing the doors taper as if it were to have been a side table, with the doors
correspondingly shaped. Two similar examples are illustrated in Lucy Wood’, ibid, pp.226-
235 and 236-238, nos.27 and 28.
|Height||89.00 cm||(35.04 inches)|
|Width||126.00 cm||(49.61 inches)|
|Depth||54.00 cm||(21.26 inches)|