25th Jan, 2024 10:00

Dick Turpin | The Legend Lives On

Lot 75


A George III padouk and kingwood commode attributed to John Cobb

A George III padouk and kingwood commode attributed to John Cobb,
c.1765, of serpentine outline with ormolu mounts, the matched-veneered top with a crossbanded moulded edge above three long cockbeaded drawers mounted with laurel wreath and reeded bail handles, with conforming escutcheons and carry handles to the sides above a wavy edge apron, on splayed forelegs terminating in foliate-cast sabots,
125cm wide
65cm deep
88cm high

Provenance: Maurice 'Dick' Turpin, Barons Keep, London W14.

Literature: A commode of this model, supplied by Cobb to James West of Alscot Park, Warwickshire, is illustrated in L Wood, 'Catalogue of Commodes', 1994, p.51, fig.35. Also seen here in the present example, Wood describes the 'serpentine-sided cockbeaded drawer-fronts, echoing the curve of the front angles, the shaped apron is incorporated in the bottom drawer instead of being part of the carcase; and where the cockbead moulding follows the apron profile, it is set in an inch from the bottom edge'.

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Sold for £20,000



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Auction: Dick Turpin | The Legend Lives On, 25th Jan, 2024


We are extremely excited to present the catalogue for Dick Turpin | The Legend Lives On, available online to browse and bid.

Maurice, known to all as ‘Dick’, was one of the foremost antique dealers of the second half of the 20th century, who in his fifty-year career achieved truly iconic status. The enduring memories of the quality and calibre of the pieces that he dealt in only surpassed by those of his persona; a giant of a man with a large walrus moustache, scarcely seen without his trademark thick glasses, Harris tweed trilby and pipe, all of which accentuated by the curiously high-pitched voice that those who knew him cannot fail to affectionately imitate.

'He was larger than life, captivating his clients and fellow dealers for more than half a century. He had extraordinary knowledge and extraordinary energy.' - Chris Jussel

The contents of his Barons Keep residence comprises hundreds of spectacular, rare and meticulously chosen pieces of furniture, works of art and paintings from Europe and Asia, many of which have now found their way to the Sworders saleroom.



London Viewing | Highlights

A selection of lots will be on view Saturday 6 - Saturday 13 January at our London Gallery, 15 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ, as follows:

Monday-Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm 

Saturday, 1pm - 5pm

Sunday - Closed



Stansted Viewing | Auction

Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Saturday 20 January, 10am - 1pm

Sunday 21 January, 10am - 1pm

Monday 22 January, 10am - 5pm 

Tuesday 23 January, 10am - 5pm 

Wednesday 24 January, 10am - 5pm 

Thursday 25 January, 9am - 10am 

All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description. 

The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE. 

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