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Commode at £155,000 in Nottingham

14 July 2008Written by ATG Reporter

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 (1666-1731).

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 condition issues.

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.

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