|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Thursday, February 22, 2018
|Scholarly Detective Work Recovers Lost Burlington House Commodes |
A Pair of George III Ormolu-mounted Satinwood and Marquetry Commodes, attributed to John Mayhew and William Ince, c.1780-85
LONDON.- The Burlington House Commodes are the only known surviving pieces of furniture from the early history of Burlington House in Piccadilly, once one of the grandest private houses in London and home to the Royal Academy of Arts since 1866. Their provenance, lost for fifty years, has recently been pieced together by Joseph Friedman, an independent fine art agent and consultant. As a result, their present owner is generously allowing them to return to their former home, a building from which all such contents were long ago removed and presumed lost. The elegant demi-lune commodes, veneered with glowing West Indian satinwood, will be on public view in the splendid Saloon, one of the Royal Academy s John Madejski Fine Rooms, from 27 July to 31 December 2009.
Securely recorded in the collection of the Hon. Charles Compton Cavendish (1793-1863), later 1st Lord Chesham, who inherited Burlington House in 1834, the commodes were almost certainly made for his father, Lord George Cavendish (1754-1834), later 1st Earl of Burlington, who moved to Burlington House following his marriage in 1782 and who is known to have commissioned a quantity of related satinwood and marquetry furniture at this period. There is also evidence that the commodes were specifically altered as part of the remodelling of the state apartments at Burlington House for Lord George Cavendish in the early 19th century, having added side panels of that date which are shaped to match the re-configured profile of the walls and skirting in these interiors.
Removed from Burlington House when it was sold in 1854, the commodes remained in the Cavendish family at Latimer, the family seat in Buckinghamshire, until they were sold by John Compton Cavendish (1894-1952), 4th Baron Chesham, at Sothebys in 1945 when it was clearly stated in the catalogue that they came from Burlington House. The commodes then entered the collection of the 2nd Lord Glenconner who sold them at Christies in 1957 (£5,040) when the Burlington House provenance was overlooked and the connection was lost and not recovered when they were sold again at Christies in 1984 (£59,400). It is only thanks to Joseph Friedman who spotted a label on the reverse of one of the commodes that their history has again come to light.
The label indicates that in 1854 they belonged to Lord Burlingtons younger son, the Hon. Charles Compton Cavendish (1793-1863), later 1st Baron Chesham, who had inherited Burlington House following his fathers death twenty years earlier. The date of the label coincides with the sale of Burlington House by Lord Chesham to the Government as the eventual home for the Royal Academy and other cultural institutions. Friedman concluded that the label must have referred to a lost inventory compiled when the house was sold and further research led him first to the 1945 Sothebys catalogue and then to the 1957 and 1984 Christies catalogues.
The commodes represent the highest standards of Neo-classical design and craftsmanship, having almost certainly been produced by the leading London cabinet-makers John Mayhew and William Ince (fl. 1758-1804) who also worked extensively for Lord George Cavendishs elder brother, the 5th Duke of Devonshire, from whom Lord George originally leased Burlington House before acquiring the property outright.
These important commodes are constructed of deal, mahogany and oak, veneered with figured West Indian satinwood and holly with rosewood bandings, hare-wood and burr-yew marquetry and ormolu mounts. Their presence in Burlington House will significantly enhance both the recent restoration of the state apartments and the publics understanding of these interiors as well as being the first time in over 150 years that any of the historic furnishings from the house can be seen in their original context.
July 18, 2009
Hermann Obrist: Sculpture, Space and Abstraction Opens at Pinakothek der Moderne
Beijing Stadium Wins Royal Institute of British Architects' Lubetkin Prize
Bob and Roberta Smith and Wolfgang Tillmans Appointed Tate Trustees
David Byrne Presents the UK Premier of his Interactive Sound Installation
Lyme Caxton Missal Goes on Public Display Thanks to Art Fund Help
Scholarly Detective Work Recovers Lost Burlington House Commodes
ZKM Presents Part 2 of Exhibition Dedicated to the History of German Video Art
Major Painting by Nicholaos Gysis to Lead Sotheby's November Greek Sale in London
Ex-aid Specialist to Lead Museum of London Communications Team
Carnegie Museum of Art Opens Documenting Our Past: The Teenie Harris Archive Project, Part Three
PAFA Faculty Win 1st and 2nd Place in Grand Central Academy of Art Sculpture Competition
Filmmaker Philip Haas Presents His New Films Commissioned by the Kimbell Art Museum
Frye Art Museum Brings The Old, Weird America to Seattle
National Museum of American History Acquires George Washington Letter
Lights Removed from Mexico's Teotihuacan Pyramids
Smithsonian Announces Archives of American Art Medal Recipients
SCOPE Art Show Inaugurates Its First Curatorial Committee
National Gallery of Victoria Opens Draw the Line: the Architecture of LAB
Filmmakers Nakamura, Ishizuka, Lin, Esaki to Discuss Watase Media Arts Center
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time
2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala
3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet
4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater
5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù
6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online
7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines
8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School
9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion
10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.