The Diana and Minerva Commode

Contributed by Harewood House

The Diana and Minerva Commode

The Diana and Minerva Commode is the most valued and famous piece of Chippendale furniture at Harewood. The piece would have originally sat under a pier glass, and was never intended to be a functional piece of furniture. The commode is a piece of parade furniture used as a symbol of status and wealth. The commode is made with marquetry on a satinwood ground with ormolu decoration. The carcass is made of mahogany, oak and pine, and is veneered with satinwood and then inlaid with many exotic woods. The two roundels depicting Diana and Minerva are inlaid with expensive ebony and ivory. The commode was delivered toHarewood in 1773 and cost £86.

Marquetry - is the art of covering a structural carcass with pieces of veneer forming decorative patterns, designs or pictures
Ormolu -is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-karat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.

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