REF No. 7798
A Very Fine Pair of Commodes in the Hepplewhite manner firmly Attributed to Edwards & Roberts
Dimensions: H: 35 in / 89 cm W: 35 in / 89 cm D: 21 in / 53.5 cm
Constructed in mahogany, with satinwood panels, kingwood crossbanding, and exotic woods, such as harewood, fiddleback mahogany and holly used in the complex inlay work: of arc-en-arbalette form, having tapering spade footed legs inlaid with pendant Bellflowers, housing three graduated drawers, all finely inlaid with floral wreathes, with swan neck pulls; the sides having boxwood strung ellipses housing finely executed inlays of floral bouquets inside straw baskets; the tops having inlaid ellipses with a very complex arrangement of strewn flowers.
All the design elements in this rather special pair are to found in George Hepplewhite’s ‘Upholsterers & Cabinet Makers Guide’ published in 1794.
The firm of Edwards & Roberts was founded in 1845, and had premises at 21 Wardour Street, London. By 1892 they occupied more than a dozen buildings in Wardour Street, where they continued to trade until the end of the century.