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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 85

    A GEORGE I WALNUT BUREAU-CABINET

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE I WALNUT BUREAU-CABINET
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Cross and feather-banded throughout, the ogee cavetto-moulded cornice with three later turned finials, above a pair of arched doors with bevelled mirror plates, enclosing four adjustable shelves and six feather-banded drawers and with a candle-slide, the fall-front enclosing nine drawers and a green leather-lined writing-surface, above two short and two long graduated drawers, on later bracket feet, the handles later
    92½ in. (235 cm.) high; 39 in. (99 cm.) wide; 21 in. (54 cm.) deep


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    The bureau's urn-capped bookcase, with its triumphal-arched temple pediment serpentined in an ogival manner, is designed in the George I 'Roman' fashion such as B. Langley later popularised with his, City and Country Builder's and Workman's Treasury of Designs, 1740 (pl. CX111). This pediment pattern also featured in a bureau drawing made in London in the 1720s by a Russian craftsman in the employ of Peter the Great, and which is thought to have been made in the Strand workshops of Peter Miller of the Savoy (see F. Martynov, 'A Russian Master Cabinet Maker', Furniture History, 1994, p. 95, fig. 1). The signature of the Aldermanbury cabinet-maker William Palleday has also been recorded on another cabinet with similar architecture (see C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, Leeds, 1996, fig. 704)

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ESTATE
    (LOTS 84-86)