Kona Historical Society - OLD – Kona Historical Society's 2018 Online Auction
Auction Ends: Jul 22, 2018 07:00 PM HST


Antique Mid-Century Commode, Maple Wood with Pink Marble Countertop

Item Number
Estimated Value
$975 USD
$350 USD to KonaGirl1961
Number of Bids
6  -  Bid History

Item Description

Referred to as an antique commode, or a chest of drawers, we might commonly call this gorgeous piece of furniture a mirrored dresser, which would be the perfect vanity for a cozy, rustic bedroom, or an interesting centerpiece to a living room, foyer or bar. Intricate carvings decorate the walnut wood drawer frame, while elegant pink marble provides a stylish surface upon which to display jewelry and make up or a few favorite bottles of wine. This chest of drawers is from the 1940's or 1950's.

The large mirror rotates on its axis, and can be detached from the marble top of the dresser - ideal for transporting this large, heavy item. Includes three drawers and one cabinet; measurements are as follows:

Height from top of mirror to floor: 77"

Mirror measurements:  46.5"x39.5"

Dresser measurements: 30.5"x39.5"x20"

Commodes were introduced in the 18th century in France and were both decorative and useful. A piece of antique furniture from this period is still called a commode. A French commode is a low cabinet or chest of drawers, often with elaborate decoration and usually standing on cabriole legs or short feet. Earlier commodes had a bombe or convex shape with a flat back that went against the wall. Later, the shape became more rectilinear, with straighter legs.
Commodes were meant to stand against the wall and were wider than they were tall. This piece of furniture provided convenient storage and also had a surface on top for placing additional items. A commode often had a marble slab top and was displayed prominently in the home. Sometimes, commodes were paired with mirrors, and matching pairs of commodes were often used in a room.
Because of its usefulness, the commode became an indispensable piece of furniture, and before the mid-18th century it made its way from royal and aristocratic houses to more humble ones. It was well on its way to becoming the humble yet useful piece of furniture that it is today. Gradually, by the late 19th century, the commode became even more subdued in form and ultimately a purely functional piece of furniture that is now referred to as a chest of drawers. For reference: The Spruce.

Item Special Note

All antique and vintage products may have flaws and show age and wear and tear, because they are old and previously used and loved. This is part of their character and appeal.

Proceeds benefit Kona Historical Society, a 501c3 nonprofit. Winning bidder is responsible for Hawai`i State tax (4.166%). Due to the size and/or weight of this object, it is only available locally for pickup at Discovery Antiques in Kealakekua. We can make recommendations for local moving companies who will be able to assist with transportation if necessary. As with all auctions, item is sold “as is” with no refunds available.

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