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Commode with drawers: M/F.11-1938

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Titles

Commode with drawers

Maker(s)

Langlois, Pierre (Maker)
Probably Jean, Dominique (Mount maker)

Description

Commode with seven drawers, of oak, veneered with rosewood and marquetry in various woods, the top with a scene of classical ruins in a landscape, richly decorated with ormolu mounts of ram's heads, swags, and Greek key ornament, and supported on tapering ormolu legs.

Commode, the carcase of oak veneered with rosewood and fruitwoods, and with ormolu legs and mounts. Rectangular with one long drawer at the top and two pairs of short drawers below. The top is veneered with a marquetry panel of a landscape with ruins and figures set within a border of rosewood. The sides have panels veneered with rosewood and marqutry floral sprays. The commode is richly decorated with ormolu mounts, the top with a gadrooned border and the long drawer with three boldly cast and chased ram's heads linked by beribboned festoons of husks, with four foliate rosettes above, continuing round the sides. A reeded and banded ormolu moulding runs below the long drawer, and another at the base at the front and sides. The four lower drawers have reeded loop handles with foliate rosette backplates. Square ormolu foliate motifs at each corner of the four lower drawers, and at each corner of the side panels are linked by applied carved and gilt Greek key borders. It stands on tapering fluted and gadrooned ormolu legs. The name 'Daniel Langlois' is hand-written in red chalk on the carcase under the top drawer.

Notes

History note: Captain M. Weyland of Woodeaton, Oxfordshire; sold Christie, Manson & Woods, 2 December 1904, Old English Furniture and old Sèvres porcelain; French Furniture, lot 28, bought by testator.

Legal notes

L. D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Depth: 60.5 cm
Height: 89.5 cm
Length: 127.5 cm

Relative size of this object

1.3 m89.5 cm60.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham

Dating

Mid 18th Century
George III
Circa 1766 CE - Circa 1767 1767 CE

Note

It has been suggested that this commode could have been designed by Sir William Chambers. The marquetry panel has similarities with the type of marquetry introduced by Abraham Roentgen at Neuwied-am-Rhein in the mid 1760s. A possible craftsman was his apprentice Johann Michael Rummer (1747-1812) who worked in London with William Gomm for a year in 1765.

School or Style

Neoclassical

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Mounts: composed of ormolu gold Marquetry: composed of fruitwood rosewood Carcase: composed of oak Borders: Ormolu: Ormulu: Surface:

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Daniel Langlois
  • Location: On carcase under top drawer
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in red chalk
  • Name

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/F.11-1938
Primary reference Number: 95852
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 17 March 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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