circa 1730 - 1760
Pine or deal, paint, brass
107 cm (H); 110 cm (W); 63 cm (D)
Place of origin
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Gunby Hall Estate, Lincolnshire
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A black japanned commode, Dutch, mid 18th century. With a raised superstructure with serpentine front incorporating four small drawers, the lower chest with three long serpentine drawers, raised on bracket feet. The whole decorated with Asian designs depicting figures and buildings within landscape scenes. This serpentine commode, is of a typical form, executed in Holland between circa 1730-60. The carcase contains a high proportion of pine and deal and this characteristic construction would point to the commode almost certainly being made by the Witwerkers Guild - cabinet-makers who specialised in making carcases in 'white wood' for painted or japanned decoration.
Gifted to the National Trust by Field Marshal Sir Archibald and Lady Montgomery Massingberd in 1944.