Burl Walnut Sarcophagus Form Commode
All of the crisply carved elements (the feet, acanthus leaf corners, and center shell) are executed in boxwood. The quarter-veneered and hinged top is outlined by cross-banding which in turn surrounds an inlaid band of boxwood. While the bombé shape of the case identifies this piece as Dutch, there are a number of other influences present. The sarcophagus form owes much to Roman design. The brasses are distinctly English and may have been in place since the 18th Century.