Commode

French
about 1750


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: H. 34 1/8" L. 55"; W. 25 1/8"

Accession Number

65.2509

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

Veneered, oblong, bombe, kingwood with palissandre banding, mounted in bronze dore. Two drawers paneled as one. Shoulder knee appliques on angular cabriole legs. Side panels of bronze dore continuing down rear legs and terminating in foliated sabots. Foliated handle and key plated. Marble top.

Provenance

Duveen Brothers, New York and London; sold by Duveen to William C. Whitney (b. 1841- d. 1904), New York; sold to James Henry Smith (d.1907), New York [see note 1]; January 18-22, 1910, posthumous Smith sale, American Art Association, New York, lot no. 243 sold to Harry Payne Whitney (d.1930), New York [see note 2]; April 29, 1942, estate of Henry Payne Whitney sale, Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, lot no. 108, to French and Company, Inc, New York; November 16, 1945 sold by French and Co. to Forsyth Wickes (b.1876- d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession date: January 8, 1969)

Notes:
[1] The catalogue for the James Henry Smith sale indicates this piece was "Purchased from Messrs. Duveen Brothers." At the time of William C. Whitney's death, his mansion and all of its contents were sold to James Henry Smith. It is not clear if William C. Whitney was in the possession of this piece prior to his death, or if James Henry Smith purchased it from the Duveen Brothers while living in the mansion.

[2] Harry Payne Whitney (son of William C. Whitney) purchased the mansion and all of its remaining contents from Annie Stewart Smith (widow of James Henry Smith).

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection