Commode

Object Details

Title:

Commode

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe (Place created)

Date:

about 1745–1750

Medium:

Painted, gilt, and silvered oak

Object Number:

83.DA.282

Dimensions:

81.6 × 147 × 62.6 cm (32 1/8 × 57 7/8 × 24 5/8 in.)

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Painted garlands of flowers, some suspended by tied ribbons, adorn the front and sides of this chest of drawers, or commode. An unknown craftsman silvered the scrolling molding and painted the top to simulate dark green marble. The curvilinear form, set on short curving legs with a carved foot, is typical of commodes from the mid-1700s that decorated the grand palaces of Venice.