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Note: The drawer linings are made of aromatic cedar, suggesting use for clothes. This is supported by an inscription on the underside of one drawer stating ‘Lord Shaftsbury’s [sic] New Dressingroom’. The 4th Earl of Shaftesbury, a patron of the arts, commissioned furniture from leading London workshops in the latest fashion. His first wife Susannah was a subscriber to Chippendale’s first edition of ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director’. John Cobb took over the London premises of William Hallett, who worked alongside Cobb for Lord Shaftesbury.Decidedly French in outline, the commodes relate to other work by Cobb. Having been trained in the workshop of Giles Grendey, who was renowned for the use of japanning in furniture making, Cobb would have been very familiar with exotic finishes.
Price: £100,000 +
Pelham Galleries Ltd., London;
Private collection, New York.
Margaret Jourdain, ‘St. Giles House, Dorsetshire’, ‘Country Life’, 13 March 1915, p. 337, and 20 March 1915, p. 375.
Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture’, revised edition, 1954, vol. II, p. 114, fig. 12.
Royal Academy of Arts, London, 'English Taste in the Eighteenth Century' exhibition catalogue, 1955, p. 38, fig. 245; one of the pair.
Anthony Coleridge, ‘Chippendale Furniture’, 1968, illus. 336.
|Height||97.00 cm||(38.19 inches)|
|Width||122.50 cm||(48.23 inches)|
|Depth||66.00 cm||(25.98 inches)|