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Commode

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. 


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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.

Cool £400k for Craven commodes

19 December 2001

Furniture of all nationalities has been much in evidence in London over the past few weeks as late November/early December is traditionally one of the two periods in the year when the London rooms offer their best English and Continental fare.

Elegant 4ft 3in (1.3m) wide early Georgian mahogany two-door commode

01 May 2001

UK: This elegant 4ft 3in (1.3m) wide early Georgian mahogany two-door commode stole the show at Phillips’ furniture sale in London on Tuesday, April 24, when it sold for £500,000 to London dealers Jeremy Ltd.

George III demi-lune commode

20 September 1999

UK: THE autumn sale season got properly under way last week with three sales in the ‘Country House’ vein. Offered from Vost’s at Tattersalls in Newmarket on September 16 were the contents of Badlington Manor, the property of the retired stock broker Mr Keith Heathcote.