Robert Adams Commode

Robert Adams, a Scottish architect of the 18th century, designed these pieces to match the decor of the great houses he built. His trademark of classical styling was sumptuous interiors with fully integrated carpeting, walls and ceilings. This painted commode, circa 1760, has a solid maple carcass throughout. The satinwood fanned top and marquetry inlay depict a boxwood fan with a border of pearwood and rosewood over painted panels of Angelica Kauffman-style scenes, surrounded by carved, gilded moldings and painted scrollwork. The dazzling turned and carved legs are gilded in 22 carat gold. The alluring combination of woods are finished with French polishing to an antique standard.