Christie's New York, October 12, 1996, lot 110 ($31,050)
This richly carved chest of drawers is in the manner of the London cabinetmaker William Gomm (d.1794), a subscriber to Chippendale's Director, who was based in Clerkenwell near the workshop of Giles Grendey and is known to have collaborated with the German cabinetmaker Abraham Roentgen during his residence in London during the 1730s. The outline is similar to that on a drawing of a serpentine-front chest of drawers attributed to Gomm dated to c.1760 (Winterthur Library, Delaware). Gomm's most famous commission was a pair of mahogany serpentine commodes delivered to Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, in 1763 (see L. Boynton, 'William Gomm,' Burlington Magazine, June 1980 p.395-402).
A few nicks, scratches and small losses along edges of drawers, top and feet. Some areas of minor disclouration and staining, and re-polishing to the top, drawer fronts and brushing slide, . Vertical age splits on both sides, and horizontal age crack to the top. Hardware later. Brushing slide with splits and could benefit from some attention to improve opening and closing; otherwise ready to place.
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