George III Adam Marquetry Veneered Commode
An elegant George III Adam period harewood and rosewood veneered breakfront commode with marquetry inlay; the commode's well figured siena marble top above three drawers which are inlaid with central Neo-classical vase on rosewood ground set within a border of laurel leaves flanked by panels of harewood inlaid with boxwood in a diaper pattern and stylised flower heads; the commode's sides veneered in harewood and inlaid with boxwood in a diaper pattern; raised on elegant cabriole legs with ormolu sabots. Crossbanded throughout in rosewood and retaining its original Neo-classical swan neck handles.
Robert Adam (1728-1792) was the preeminent architect of the Georgian period and designed some magnificent furniture, notably for Sir Lawrence Dundas which was then made by Thomas Chippendale. Adam was one of the first architects to design complete interiors including furniture and carpets; Osterley Park and Syon House are superb examples.
A commode is the formal term for a chest of drawers which is longer than it is tall.
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