This unusual 18th century bookstand or tray top commode, measuring 2ft 4in (71cm) wide, made a multiple-estimate £20,000 (plus 17.5 per cent buyer’s premium) at Dukes of Dorchester on July 26.
Made of a dense hardwood, possibly padouk, it combines
elements of chinoiserie to the handles and the frieze with classic
leaf carved cabriole legs with ball and claw feet characteristic of
Chippendale in the 1750s.
Opinions varied as to its origin although it was possibly
Anglo-Chinese. The successful bidder was a London furniture dealer
in the room.
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