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A George III satinwood and marquetry serpentine bombé commode
circa 1780
the quarter-veneered oak crossbanded top inlaid with a basket of flowers, with two doors enclosing a shelf and inlaid with floral wreaths, the sides inlaid with wreaths of husks  
82cm. high, 122cm. wide, 53.5cm. wide; 2ft. 8¼in., 4ft., 1ft. 9¼in.
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Provenance

The Willoughby de Broke family of Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Possibly supplied to John Peyto Verney, fourteenth Baron Willoughby de Broke (1738-1816)
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

A group of marquetry commodes featuring similar flower-filled baskets to their tops are illustrated in Lucy Wood, The Lady Lever Catalogue of Commodes, 1994, pp. 168-169. A more elaborate marquetry commode attributed to Pierre Langlois or John Cobb, bearing closely related marquetry to its top, was offered Christie's London, 22 January 2009, lot 60

However it is interesting to note that a payment of £28. 15s. 6d. in Hoare's Bank ledgers to the cabinet-makers John Mayhew and William Ince in 1767, is recorded in Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert eds., The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1986, p. 594. This corresponds with the re-modelling of Compton Verney circa 1761-1767 by Robert Adam.

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