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.
Bought by a member of the London trade, the price was a multiple
of the pre-sale estimate.
The form and decoration of the present commode, that measures
4ft 3in (1.30m) wide, suggests an attribution to Nicolas Sageot
A similar première-partie D-shaped commode bearing Sageot's
stamp was sold by Christie's in December 1999. Interestingly that
piece, differing only in minor detail and its classical figural
panels, had a provenance to Henry Pelham, 4th Duke of Newcastle of
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.
Dreweatts' guide price of £5000-7000 was set early in the
valuation process when the commode was thought to be 19th century,
although it also reflected the need for extensive restoration to
numerous missing sections of tortoiseshell and brass and other
The price, subject to a 20/12 per cent buyer's premium, was a
house record for furniture for the Nottingham rooms, beating the
£105,000 bid for a Gillows drum table in 1998.