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A Pair of Demi Lune Commodes in the Adam Manner

H: 40 in / 101 cm   |  W: 35.5 in / 89.5 cm   |  D: 16 in / 40 cm

Description

Constructed in a finely figured satinwood, which has been hand decorated in polychromes, and highlighted in gilt work; rising from turned, tapering feet, each with a central lockable door, enclosing a shelved interior; elliptical ribband tied cartouches adorn each door, painted with subjects of 'Motherhood', having affinities to the work of Angelica Kauffman, with butterflies to the angles; trophies emblematic of the arts, music and literature adorn the sides, and overall is a conjoined and exuberantly executed extensive floral decoration; the platforms have classic mythological scenes, with cherub led chariots and cornucopia, issuing radials of bouquets and foliates hand painted in polychromes.

Literature

Adam Brothers

James & Robert Adam were the first English designers to advocate an integrated style for architecture and interiors; with walls, ceilings, fireplaces, furniture, fixtures, fittings and carpets as a single uniform scheme. Their espousement of the Palladian style defined the Neo-Classism of the last quarter of the 18th Century. Sir John Soane's Museum in Lincoln's Inn, London, houses some four thousand of their watercolour designs.

REF No. 8801

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