Commode, c. 1775-1800

This commode, or decorative chest of drawers, is a feast for the senses. Flowers decorate the center, while the panels on either side display flaming urns on half columns. Below, rendered in gold-covered bronze, smoke billows from an incense burner. Most likely the commode’s owner took the hint, complementing these visual references to smell with an actual pot pourri—a vessel containing sweet-smelling materials—on its marble top.

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