Kingwood, tulipwood, rosewood, bois satine, ormolu, marble, drawers of elm, pine and walnut
86.5 x 128 x 65.5 cm
Place of origin
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Berrington Hall, Herefordshire (Accredited Museum)
A kingwood, tulipwood, rosewood and bois satiné parquetry commode, French, circa 1750. Of arc-en-arbelette outline and surmounted by a moulded serpentine brêche d'Alep marble top, above two long drawers mounted with elaborate ormolu handles and escutcheons above a shaped apron and between projecting angles with pierced mounts trailing to sabots, the sides with quarter-veneered and crossbanded figured veneers creating a diamond pattern. 'Arc-en-arbelette' is the name given to the symmetrical undulating shape of the drawer fronts; the word is derived from the French for crossbow.
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Mrs C.V. Lawson in 1981.