French Commode Table

Thomas Chippendale (British, 1718-1779)
Matthew Darly, Engraver (British, 1710-1810)

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Originating in France, the commode became popular throughout Europe during the 18th century and was executed in various styles. Chippendale was at the forefront of fashion by including this extravagantly rococo example in The Director in 1754. Tastes changed, however, and he left it out of the 1762 edition. He wrote: "There are two different designs for the doors, and likewise two different sorts of feet." The preferred design (of the cabinetmaker or his client) would be executed symmetrically. The plan at the right clarifies the curve and proportions of the top of the commode. — ("Eighteenth-Century Furniture Design," May 23, 2009—February 21, 2010, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Conant Galleries)

Object Information

artist
Thomas Chippendale (British, 1718-1779)
engraver
Matthew Darly (British, 1710-1810)
creation date
1753
materials
engraving
dimensions
8 7/8 X 13 7/8 in. (image)
10 1/2 X 16 1/4 in. (sheet)
series
The gentleman and cabinet-maker's director
accession number
73.2.112
credit line
Director's Discretionary Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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