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    Sale 2042

    Important English Furniture

    17 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 54

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO AND BLACK-AND-GILT JAPANNED LOWBOY

    CIRCA 1720 REGILT AND REGESSOED

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    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO AND BLACK-AND-GILT JAPANNED LOWBOY
    CIRCA 1720 REGILT AND REGESSOED
    The drawers lined with green felt, the japanning refreshed
    27¼ in. (69 cm.) high, 32 in. (81.5 cm.) wide, 27½ in. (69.5 cm.) deep


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    This unusual dressing-table with its combination of gilt-gesso and japanned decoration bears a great similarity to one at Longford Castle, Wiltshire which was probably supplied for Sir Jacob de Bouverie (created 1st Viscount Folkestone in 1747) when he succeeded his brother in 1736. The Longford Castle dressing-table is illustrated in R. Edwards, ed., The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev.ed., 1954, vol. III, p. 225, fig. 6 and P.Macquoid, The Age of Mahogany, 1906, p. 27, fig. 23. Lord Folkestone employed many of the leading London cabinet-makers of his day, notably Benjamin Goodison, who supplied the celebrated suite of walnut and giltwood seat furniture in the Long Gallery (see J. Cornforth, 'Longford and the Bouveries', Country Life Annual, 1968, pp. 28-37). Goodison was apprenticed to James Moore from about 1720 and succeeded him as cabinet-maker to the Royal household. It would seem likely that James Moore was the supplier of the japanned furniture at Longford, given the Goodison association and the similarities to other related pieces attributable to Moore. A set of four chairs attributed to him which combine Chinese lacquer with gilt-gesso frames was supplied to Sir Robert Walpole, later 1st Earl of Orford (d. 1745) for Houghton Hall, Norfolk. One pair of these chairs was sold by the Marquess of Cholmondeley, Christie's, London, 8 December 1994, lot 110; the other pair is in a private American collection.

    Saleroom Notice

    The correct depth for this lowboy is 20 in. (51 cm.)


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NEW YORK COLLECTION
    (LOTS 50-70)