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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 205

    A GEORGE I BRASS-INLAID WALNUT CHEST-ON-CHEST

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE I BRASS-INLAID WALNUT CHEST-ON-CHEST
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The arched cornice with pierced cresting above two short and six long drawers and a fitted brushing slide, on bracket feet
    73¾ in. (187.5 cm.) high; 39½ in. (100.5 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) deep


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    The high temple-pedimented chest of golden walnut enriched by golden
    inlay and bas relief escutcheons, is conceived in the picturesque French/antique manner popularised by B. Langley's, City and Country
    Builder's and Workmans Treasury of Designs
    , 1740. Appropriate for
    furnishing a window-pier, its base-chest frieze provides a
    bureau/dressing table with concealed hinged-compartment slide; while the cresting, which relates to that of contemporary pier-glasses,
    provides a china-rail for vase display. A similar heraldically-charged pediment featured on a brass-enriched cabinet in the 1730s trade-sheet issued by the Holborn cabinet-maker Thomas Potter, and which included a collection of multi-purpose hinged furniture appropriate for the
    smallish apartments of London's West End. A cabinet, corresponding to the French-fashioned cabinet featured by Potter, is in the Victoria
    and Albert Museum and has been associated with the work of the St. Martin's Lane cabinet-maker John Channon (C. Gilbert and T. Murdoch, John Channon and brass-inlaid furniture 1730-1760, London, 1993, fig.
    113). However such beautifully crafted and multi-purpose furniture has also been associated with London's Moravian cabinet-makers (see note
    for lot 138).

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    Provenance

    Sold Christie's New York, 9 April 2003, lot 61.