A pair of George III giltwood commode bedsteps, by Fell & Newton, circa 1795.

Each of the four bowed steps is set with material, the risers with brass grilles and pleated silk flanked by turned leaf-carved capitals; the sides also with brass grilles and pleated silk.

The top step has a three-quarter gallery and on one of the bedsteps the third step conceals a commode fitment.

Set on turned leaf-carved legs headed by paterae, 96cm by 56cm.

The London firm of Fell and Newton, later James Newton, supplied Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793) and in particular, his nephew Henry, 10th Earl and 1st Marquess of Exeter (1754-1804) with numerous items of extremely fine furniture and other fittings.


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