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A low chest of drawers, originally of French design, for use in the drawing room. Its appearance was usually decorative and it became very popular during the 18th century, as its height matched that of the dado and did not interfere with the wall above. Various types of commodes were given particular names: a commode en console, with long legs and one shallow drawer, was intended to be placed beneath a mirror, a commode à vantaux had doors in front of the drawers, and a petite commode was small, with long legs and tiers of drawers. In the 19th century it was also the name for a bedroom cupboard.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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