North European Early 18th Century Veneered and Stone-Inlaid Commode, possibly Danzig or Koenigsberg

Of striking appearance, a rare four-drawer Commode with canted corners, veneered in Kingwood, the top of slight serpentine form with gilt edge, overall inlaid with hard stones (Jasper, Onyx, Carnelian etc.), Mother of Pearl, Bone, Amber backed with gold foil. The fronts and sides with conforming decoration, on elaborate scrolling giltwood feet. Secondary woods: pine, oak drawers. The four drawers containing original locks.

In the late 17th / early 18th century the interaction of Danish, German, Polish (Gdansk) and Russian craftsmen and designers / Architects was very lively. They traveled, worked in each other’s workshops and inspired each other. A collaboration of different craftsmen was not unusual, especially if the piece involved different skills like the cutting and inlay of stones. The gilt details, especially the feet, show the influence of the Danish designer Mathias Ortmann.


45.5″ wide, 22.5″ deep, 41.5″ high

115.6 cm wide, 57.2 cm deep, 105.4 cm high


Reference Number: G_148


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