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Commode is a French-derived name for a chest of drawers, usually applied to antique examples. Such pieces are seldom purely functional.

Their drawers are often graduated, narrowing in depth from bottom to top. The carcase is sometimes veneered in an exotic wood and may be either inlaid with marquetry, embellished with mounts in gilt bronze (ormolu) surmounted by a marble or hardstone top or a combination of all these.

Some of the more expensive antique examples on the market are either stamped by a French ébéniste (furniture maker) or may be attributed on stylistic grounds to a well-known British or Continental cabinetmaker. 


c.1770 commode

Midlands furniture dealer sells 18th century commode to Temple Newsam in Leeds

19 October 2021

Thomas Coulborn & Sons has celebrated BADA Week by announcing the sale of an 18th century commode to Leeds Museums & Galleries for close to £200,000.

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Auction to be staged in a Portuguese palace

20 September 2021

Lisbon firm Veritas is holding an estate sale of works from the collection of the Count of Póvoa, D Manuel de Souza e Holstein-Beck, who died in 2011.

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It must be Malta again

13 September 2021

Once again illustrating that few countries of origin have as great an impact on furniture prices as Malta, this 18th century commode sold for £6800 at Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) July 29 Maidenhead sale.

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Mirror on the crest of an auction wave

19 July 2021

The vast majority of cushion-moulded mirrors from the late 17th century have lost their original cresting, which was both flamboyant and fragile.

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Furniture treasure trove amassed over 30 years

19 July 2021

Prize examples of French 18th century furniture were on offer at Drouot when Hughes Taquet of the auction house Hôtel des Ventes de Mantes-La-Jolie (26.4% buyer’s premium inc VAT) offered the collection of René Siméoni.

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Commode inspired by Anglo-French influence heads impressive Chichester sale

01 March 2021

In a sale that yielded quality and surprises in most sections, the major talking points at Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) were provided by two pieces of furniture. Emerging from the same house and given here-to-sell estimates, both achieved five-figure results.

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Mouseman lucky 13

05 October 2020

The best of 13 Mouseman pieces that sold at Morphets (20% buyer’s premium) for a total of £41,000 was a classic early adzed oak and burr oak sideboard made in Robert Thompson’s Kilburn workshop c.1928-30.

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Palace of Versailles buys back €4m rococo commode from US collector

15 July 2019

A Louis XV period rococo commode made in 1744 for the Château de Versailles has returned home after more than 30 years out of France.

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Previews : £30,000 plus

17 June 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Stamp denotes Parisian origin

29 April 2019

This highly elaborate chest of drawers decorated in boulle marquetry technique with a variety of different figural and foliate motifs featured in the furniture session of a sale at Hampel (29.5% buyer’s premium) in Munich on March 28.

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Pick of the Week: Marvellous Maltese marquetry at Gloucestershire auction

02 October 2017

Maltese furniture commands a premium – and not simply because it appeals to a committed group of island collectors.

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Commodes channel auction interest in Guernsey

10 April 2017

Decorative furniture from the 19th century was in keen demand at Guernsey auctioneers Martel Maides (17.5% buyer’s premium) on March 15-16 including a pair of satinwood demi lune commodes.

Mahogany commode at Woolley and Wallis

Going, Going, Gomm: mahogany commode bid to £28,000

14 October 2016

This early George III mahogany serpentine dressing commode with distinctive carved decoration forms part of a group thought to have been made by the London cabinet-maker William Gomm (c.1698-1780).

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Commodes take £110,000 in Gloucestershire

04 February 2015

Exceptional pieces of antique furniture play by quite different rules to the more standard items when it comes to price performance.

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Mahogany commode with more than a hint of Chippendale

26 January 2015

A fine quality mahogany commode with a blue-chip provenance proved the star lot at Lawrences’ latest furniture auction in Crewkerne.

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Golden age pieces make their mark

23 July 2014

A recent sale at Bamfords of Derby included two outstanding pieces of Chippendale period rococo furniture, both consigned by a local lady who had inherited them from her father.

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New high for English furniture at £3.35m

13 December 2010

SETTING a new auction high for English furniture, this commode of c.1770 was knocked down for £3.35m earlier this month.

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An object lesson in embellishment

23 August 2010

THE Viennese mahogany commode, pictured here at the top, has undergone a remarkable transformation since it sold along with its companion pair at auction in 1993 as part of the Thurn and Taxis sale.

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Commode at £155,000 in Nottingham

14 July 2008

Consigned by a local private source, this late Louis XIV contre partie boulle commode c.1710 sold for £155,000 at Dreweatts in Nottingham on July 10.

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£160,000 Langlois commode crowns Bolney Lodge sale

02 October 2006

This early George III kingwood parquetry and marquetry commode attributed to Pierre Langlois proved the highlight of the £812,413 Bolney Lodge collection sold by West Sussex auctioneers Toovey’s on September 20.