The very recent neoclassicism is inspired in architecture by neo-Palladianism and in furniture by the French style later named the Louis XV - Louis XVI Transition. The harmony of proportions replaces the complexity of forms and ornaments. The front side of the commodes loses its curved shape while a new care is brought to the splendor of the woods.
Succeeding in 1765 to his father as a Baronet, Rowland Winn inherited a vast Palladian-style mansion in Yorkshire. In the following year he bought a residence in St. James's in the heart of London to satisfy his wife's desires for a brilliant social life. The Baronet loves the modern style for which he uses Robert Adam. Adam's relationship with Chippendale has been excellent since their collaboration on the Dundas furniture.
A neoclassical mahogany commode 89 x 159 x 59 cm opening by two doors is estimated £ 3M for sale by Christie's in London on July 5, lot 10. It had appeared in Winn's estate. In 1991 while preparing for a sale at Christie's, a bill dated 1769 from Chippendale to Winn surfaced, describing some transformations of the internal drawers and pidgeon holes. A date around 1766 is plausible for the original build of this piece of furniture.
This unsigned piece is Chippendale's master work in the category of neoclassical commodes, with a rectilinear facade, concave lateral panels and a frieze à la grecque in ebony that well matches the new French fashion.
The only directly comparable furniture is a pair of commodes made about ten years later that surfaced in 1914 with a story related to the Duke of Wellington. It is however interesting to remind also a commode made in mixed precious woods with a curved front side, also unsigned, sold on December 7, 2010 by Sotheby's for £ 3.8M including premium over a lower estimate of £ 600K.