An important George III mahogany serpentine commode. The figured and moulded top above four graduated drawers, the top draw fitted with a writing slide and various compartments. All retaining their original chase brass handles depicting lion masks. The canted corners carved with corbels hung with husks, acanthus foliage and oval paterae, standing on shaped bracket feet.
This superb commode bears many of the attributes of the workshop of Thomas Chippendale ( 1718-1779), such as the prevalent use of a red wash on the underside of surfaces, the general high quality of the timber used, the blocked feet construction and also the distinctive 'S' shaped escutcheons.
This commode bares many similarities to part of a collection of documented Chippendale furniture at Raynham Hall Norfolk. Similarities include, construction, carving of the motifs, and design of handles.
The fine and distinctive handels on this commode relate to commissions that were made by cabinetmakers who were members of the St Martin's Lane Syndicate in London, England. The syndicate included renowned cabinet makers such as Willam Vile, John Cobb, and William Hallett.
The members of this syndicate produced some of the finest commissions of furniture in the 18th Century, and this handle was often present in their work.