Picture This CXXVIII

I previously mentioned privy furniture with interestingly shaped aprons. This oak Chippendale-style commode chair incorporates the familiar aprons along with a removable rush seat with which to access a ceramic potty.

Fig. 1. George III oak commode chair, circa 1770.

Fig. 2. Removing the seat reveals the potty (absent).

Jack Plane

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Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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6 Responses to Picture This CXXVIII

  1. Warwick says:

    Hi Jack

    Do you know where these commode chairs were kept/used? Were they sitting room furniture ? Were pot-cupboards/nightstands the bedroom equivalent?

    Regards

    Warwick

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  2. Elegant looking but looks like a real “Groover” (a term from river rafting wherein one gains marks from making a similar “deposit”in an ammo can). Would there have been another insert?

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    • Jack Plane says:

      Yes, there would have been a polished oak (in this instance) board with a sympathetically moulded aperture above the potty. The board would have been level with the top of the front apron.

      JP

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  3. Warwick says:

    How do we place this as GIII rather than GII? Is it the more neoclassical (cf rococo) splat? Or is there some other giveaway?
    Regards
    Warwick

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