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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 215



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    With a cleated fall front and a fitted interior with drawers and pigeon-holes around a well, the stand with one long and two short drawers in the shaped frieze, on cabriole legs with pad feet
    37½ in. (95 cm.) high; 37 in. (94 cm.) wide; 19 in. (49 cm.) deep

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    The use of cedar wood is strongly indicative of Bermudian origin. It was the most conspicuous of the various species of native plant, and in the 17th Century there were extensive forests of large trees. In A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia of 1587, the timber was among a list of 'Merchantable commodities' desirable for traffic and exchange with England. During the 17th Century large quantities of the best timber were shipped to England and in 1664 John Evelyn in Sylva praised the properties of cedar, but it was used extensively in Bermudian furniture-making through the 18th and 19th Centuries, even while mahogany, walnut and pine were being imported in quantity from the West Indies and America. For a full discssion see Bryden B. Hyde, Bermuda's Antique Furniture and Silver, Hamilton, 1971.

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    Acquired from Jeremy Ltd, 20 October 1981.