22 May 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 5,250
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500
A CHINESE EXPORT LACQUER BUREAU-ON-STAND
Decorated throughout, the sloping fall enclosing a fitted interior above two drawers, previously fitted with a dressing-mirror
39½ in. (100 cm.) high; 29¾ in. (75.5 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep
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The George II period Cantonese bureau-dressing-table with fitted mirror (now lacking) belongs to a type popularly known as 'Union Suites'. One such bureau featured in John Carter's 1788 watercolour of the antiquarian Horace Walpole's parlour at Strawberry Hill (A. Chalcraft and J. Viscardi, Strawberry Hill, 2007, p. 29).
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Sold Etude Couturier Nicolay, Paris, 14 June 1996, lot 78.
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