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Inspired by Robert Adam

This month we are featuring pieces inspired by the most enduringly influential British architect and designer Robert Adam. Robert Adam came as close as any architect in the Eighteenth Century to fulfilling the role of the modern interior designer; his schemes covered everything from the plasterwork to the carpets, furniture and objects designed with a fluid and elegant take on Neo-classicism.

The pier commode by Mayhew and Ince is an exceptional example of this late Eighteenth Century aesthetic. Its elegant serpentine form and flowing marquetry decoration elegantly utilise the Neo-classical vocabulary popularised by Adam. This commode is one of the finest pieces of English furniture we have owned and there is more about Mayhew and Ince and its design on our blog.

The pier glass is a beautifully untouched example from the Adam period. All of the mirror's glass is original and its elegant Neo-classical design is typical of the period.

If you are in London for this month's art and antique fairs I hope you will have time to visit my shop on Kensington Church Street.

Georgian Serpentine Commode By Mayhew & Ince

Georgian Serpentine Commode By Mayhew & Ince


Height: 35.5" (90cm)

Depth: 16.5" (42cm)

Width: 36.25" (92cm)

An important George III sycamore and marquetry serpentine pier commode attributed to Mayhew and Ince; the top crossbanded in tulipwood and inlaid with a caduceus, a scallop shell, a triangle with rings, another instrument and a dragonfly above a frieze drawer inlaid with chained Palmyra sunflowers with two further graduated drawers below inlaid sans-traverse with trailing vine leaves and husks flanked by blind doors which are inlaid with oval medallions which depict a bead draped Neo-classical urn on a satinwood background; raised on square tapering legs terminating in shaped block feet.

A full analysis of the commode by the leading furniture historian Lucy Wood is available on request.


Ref: BA119

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Georgian Adam Period Pier Glass Mirror

Georgian Adam Period Pier Glass Mirror


Height: 59" (150cm)

Width: 32" (81.25cm)

An elegant George III Adam period pier glass mirror in the Neo-classical taste; the central mirror plate surrounded with border glass and set within a carved giltwood frame surmounted by an urn flanked by swags and with a carved demi-lune apron. Retaining its original mirror plates and much of the original gilding.

Ref: BA160

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