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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 121

    A GEORGE I WALNUT BUREAU-CABINET

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE I WALNUT BUREAU-CABINET
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Featherbanded overall, the shaped cornice with lozenge mirrored panel above two arched mirrored bevelled doors enclosing a fitted grained interior with shelves, pigeon-holes, divisions and drawers, above two dished candle-slides and a fall-front with a green baize writing-surface, with a fitted interior with pigeon-holes and drawers surrounding a central drawer, two drawers inscribed in ink to the inside 'NO. 252' and 'FR. 952', the lower section with four graduated drawers, on later oak front bun feet, the rear bun feet in elm and possibly original, the metalwork probably original
    95 in. (241 cm.) high; 40 in. (101.5 cm.) wide; 23½ in. (59.5 cm.) deep


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    The drawer arrangement of this bureau-cabinet corresponds to bureau-cabinet drawings executed in the 1720s by craftsmen sent to train in London by Peter the Great (F. Martynov, 'A Russian Master Cabinet Maker', Furniture History, 1994, p. 95, figs. 1-2). A similar cabinet with the same shaped moulded cornice above two arched mirrored bevelled doors and attributed to the Strand cabinet-maker Peter Miller, was sold by Sir Thomas Beevor, Bt., Christie's London, 14 June 2001, lot 150 (£157,750).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN