Two Superb George III Mahogany Serpentine Dressing Commodes, After a Design by William Gomm
Height: 33.5" Width: 44" Depth: 24"
Inventory Number 8371-230
Each with a rectangular serpentine-shaped top with rosette-carved edge, above a fitted top drawer over three graduated drawers and shaped apron, with foliate-carved corbels at the canted corners, raised on carved bracket feet. Minor variations to the carving; drawer pulls are later replacements.
A design attributed to London cabinetmaker William Gomm (circa 1698–1794) for a serpentine-fronted commode with carved corbels and apron, and bracket feet is illustrated in a sketchbook by Gomm from early 1760. See L. Boynton, William & Richard Gomm, Burlington Magazine, June 1980, pp.395-400, fig. 33.
Commodes similarly shaped and carved are illustrated R.W. Symonds, Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, London, 1940, p.39, fig.28; P. Macquoid, The Age of Mahogany, London, 1906, p.146, fig. 129; R.W. Symonds, Furniture Making in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century England, London, 1955, pp.110-111, figs.163 and 164.