• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 80

    A GEORGE I WALNUT AND BURR-WALNUT SECRETAIRE-CABINET

    CIRCA 1720

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE I WALNUT AND BURR-WALNUT SECRETAIRE-CABINET
    CIRCA 1720
    Featherbanded overall, the moulded cavetto cornice above a bevelled rectangular mirrored plate with re-entrant upper corners, enclosing three adjustable shelves, above two candle-slides, the lower section fitted with a drop-front revealing an interior with seven walnut-lined drawers, four pigeon holes and an open compartment, above two short and two long drawers, on bracket feet, with shaped brass handles to the upper and lower sides, the metalwork apparently original, the feet reveneered
    79½ in. (202 cm.) high; 33¼ in. (84.5 cm.) wide; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) deep


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Designed in the George I 'Roman' fashion, this cabinet is intended for vase display above its hollow-moulded cornice, whose scrolled form echoes that of the triumphal arched mirror and bracketed plinth. Called at the time a 'Lady's Closet' and intended for service as a bedroom apartment pier-set, it incorporates a glass and candle-slides; while a bureau/dressing table is provided by the top drawer's hinged 'fall'. One such cabinet was supplied in 1722 to Penicuik House by the Edinburgh wright George Riddell (see S. Pryke, The Extraordinary Billhead of Francis Pryke, Regional Furniture, 1990, p. 86). A virtually identical secretaire-cabinet featuring a bevelled rectangular plate with re-entrant upper corners and a similar drawer arrangement, was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 12 October 1996, lot 197, while a comparable example was sold anonymously, more recently at Christie's, London, 5 June 2008, lot 122 (sold aftersale).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY