England, c1765
Attributed to Thomas Chippendale



Of quite heavy Santo Domingan timbers, in chest form, the overhanging thumb-molded top

over a conforming upright case having four cockbeaded dummy drawers,

each retaining the original finely cast fire-gilt rococo brasses,

the upper section opening by a small lever within the keyhole escutcheon to a void storage cupboard,

 the lower section with a pullout compartment, now fitted with a gilt-tooled green leather removable top,

the whole raised on four large bracket feet; of finest quality;

red-washed back and underneath; each internal foot laminated**


**The attribution to Chippendale is based on several features:
the overall fine quality of the timber and the finished workmanship of the piece,
as well as constructional aspects, including two characteristics
found almost exclusively with Chippendale's oeuvre :

the laminated construction of blocks behind the feet (mahogany blocks on the present commode)
the distinctive red wash to the underside and backboards.


In addition, the fire-gilt bails and backplates are illustrated in

The Life and Works of Thomas Chippendale, Volume II, Christopher Gilbert, 1978 :

p. 147, fig. 270, a detail from fig. 226, p. 126, Commode, Goldsborough Hall;

p. 139, fig. 249, Clothes Press, Harewood;

p. 236, fig. 432, Llibrary Table, Dumfries Home, p. 236, fig. 432


What we now call a "bedside commode" is listed in Gilbert as "night table",

with only three illustrated, one from Harewood House (p. 249).

These today serve well as small chair and sofa-side tables,

the pullout commode sections with leather removable "table" surfaces.


Ref : Rufus Bird, Who was the 'Dumfries House Cabinet-Maker' Christie's catalog,
Dumfries House, July 3, 2007, pp. 7-11, fig. 12
Christopher Gilbert, 'The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale', London, 1978, op. cit.


Condition : Excellent retaining rich mellow color and patina; small shrinkage line to the pull-out drawer;

one small piece of cockbeading missing to lower drawer side;
althought most Chippendale cabinetry employs plain keyhole inserts,

we find no indication of a change on this piece


28.5" High x 24.5" Wide x 18.5" Deep (closed), extending to 34” Deep















The brass : p. 147, fig. 270, a detail from fig. 226, p. 126, Commode, Goldsborough Hall,

The Life and Works of Thomas Chippendale, Volume II, Christopher Gilbert, 1978

Shown in a position reversed from the commode; Dumfries example uses the brasses in a horizontal position


Shown Below with a

Pair of Early George III Carved Mahogany Side Chairs, c1765




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'Furniture Attributions & Associations'







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Fine Early George III Santo Domingan Mahogany Bedside Commode (Night Table), Attr. Thomas Chippendale, England, c1765