attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough (fl.1740-1778)
A mahogany, maple cross banded and chequer banded brass mounted serpentine chest of drawers, attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough, English, circa 1770 The shaped top with moulded edge above a brushing slide and three long graduated drawers and a shaped apron flanked by outset corners with applied brass floral cast mounts with a husk cast beading on the outside edge and joining foliate sabots to the legs.
Henry Hill (fl. 1740 -1778) of Marlborough in Wilshire, established himself not only as a cabinetmaker, but also a coach-maker, an auctioneer, an estate agent and an insurance company representative. His clients were predominately Wiltshire landowners including the 9th Duke of Somerset at Maiden Bradley, Paul Methuen at Corsham Court, Henry Hoare at Stourhead, and the Earl Bathurst at Cirencester Park. The 'French Commodes' produced by his workshop were sometimes fitted with dressing slides as seen here and sometimes with a fitted top drawer. The closest example to this commode, with serpentine front and straight sides, sold Christies November 28, 2002, Lot 120 (provenance the Duke of Somerset). and another, Sothebys, April 21 2009, Lot 84. See: Wood, Lucy 'The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Catalogue of Commodes' 1994 (commode no.4) for further discussion. (James Weedon, September 2019)
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) with the house and the rest of the contents.
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attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough (fl.1740-1778), cabinet maker and furniture designer
Wood, 1994: Lucy Wood, The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, no.4