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Green and gold-japanned dressing-commode by Thomas Chippendale, with serpentine fitted frieze drawer above two doors enclosing drawers.
Made en suite with the clothes press and two night tables c1769, the commode has been carefully conserved and the original paint surface has been revealed from the many layers of over-painting. Edwin Lascelles commissioned Chippendale to make many pieces of furniture in the ‘Chinese’ style, and this bedroom suite was made to accompany the Chinese wallpaper originally hung by Chippendale’s men in the Chintz bedroom, now hung in the East Bedroom. The term ‘commode’ is borrowed from the French, and refers to a chest of drawers. In a dressing commode the upper drawer contained compartments for toilet necessities while the sliding shelves below held clothes.