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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 13

    A GEORGE I BURR-WALNUT AND PARCEL-GILT LIBRARY BOOKCASE

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE I BURR-WALNUT AND PARCEL-GILT LIBRARY BOOKCASE
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    With a shallow cavetto moulded cornice above three reeded astragal glazed doors, the central door sliding, with bevelled glass and enclosing shelves, some adjustable, and with featherbanded and fielded panelled doors below, on short bracket feet, inscribed in chalk to reverse BLA..HFORD G&R REMOVALS 17-9-69, and 13/1, the glazing and gilded elements dating from a modification in late 18th century, the base cut for a removal
    106 in. (270 cm.) high; 137 in. (348 cm.) wide; 19 in. (49 cm.) deep


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    The design of the bookcase relates to a pattern for an open Temple-predimented 'Tuscan Bookcase', invented in 1739 by the artist Batty Langley and published in his The City and Country Builder's Workman's Treasury of Designs, London, 1745, pl. 157.
    A closely comparable pair of large walnut and burr-walnut bookcases was in the collection of The Barons Hylton, Ammerdown, certainly by the early 20th century and was sold by the Lord Hylton, Christie's, London, 3 July 1997, lot 195.

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    Provenance

    Sir Paul Getty, K.B.E. and by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
    (LOTS 1-13)