A George III Polychrome-Decorated Padouk, Sycamore, Holly and Marquetry Demi-lune Commode Attributed to Mayhew and Ince
A George III Polychrome-Decorated Padouk, Sycamore, Holly and Marquetry Demi-lune Commode Attributed to Mayhew and Ince

A George III Polychrome-Decorated Padouk, Sycamore, Holly and Marquetry Demi-lune Commode Attributed to Mayhew and Ince

c. 1775 England

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 Cross banded throughout, the hinged top centred by a half sunflower and shaded fan within a flower-sprig
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.
The features of the semi-elliptical commode conform with those identified as characteristic
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.
Dimensions
Height 89.00 cm (35.04 inches)
Width 126.00 cm (49.61 inches)
Depth 54.00 cm (21.26 inches)
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