An Exceptional George III Lacquered and Brass Mounted Black and Gilt Lacquer and Japanned Serpentine Commode
An Exceptional George III Lacquered and Brass Mounted Black and Gilt Lacquer and Japanned Serpentine Commode
An Exceptional George III Lacquered and Brass Mounted Black and Gilt Lacquer and Japanned Serpentine Commode
An Exceptional George III Lacquered and Brass Mounted Black and Gilt Lacquer and Japanned Serpentine Commode
An Exceptional George III Lacquered and Brass Mounted Black and Gilt Lacquer and Japanned Serpentine Commode

Attributed to PIERRE LANGLOIS (worked 1750-1767)

An Exceptional George III Lacquered and Brass Mounted Black and Gilt Lacquer and Japanned Serpentine Commode

c. 1765 England

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The shaped serpentine top decorated with an arrangements of oval panels of Chinese lacquer, depicting scenes of animals, birds, foliage and buildings, bordered by a running cable design in gilt japanning. The edge finished in a finely chased ormolu moulding. The two serpentine front doors, opening to reveal an arrangement of eight drawers and sides veneered in panels of Chinese lacquer depicting a landscape of villages, bridges and lakes, with an applied ormolu beaded moulding.
The projecting angles and serpentine apron decorated with gilt japanning with applied foliate mounts of acanthus, anthemion and bellflowers, raised on shaped feet with further mounts.

Mallet & Son, 40 New Bond Street, London, 17th November 1954

This Chinese lacquer and japanned commode is part of a highly distinguished group of virtually identical commodes, with two pairs supplied to Uppark, Sussex, commissioned by Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh, and at least three to Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, in the collection of Francis Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford. All sharing the same serpentine form, and sides with shaped aprons and similar lacquer panels made from imported Chinese screens, framed with distinctive brass or ormolu mounts, they are undoubtedly by the same cabinet-maker.

A similar pair is the celebrated Ashburnham lacquer commodes, supplied to John, 2nd Earl of Ashburnham for his residence in either Sussex of London, which were sold in 1995 for £496,500. (Christies, London, 16th November 1995, lot 67). The similar commode from Uppark is pictured below.

Dimensions
Height 83.00 cm (32.68 inches)
Width 142.00 cm (55.91 inches)
Depth 67.00 cm (26.38 inches)
Stock Code
819
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