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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 165

    A GEORGE II BRASS-MOUNTED LEATHER TRUNK

    BY EDWARD SMITH, SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II BRASS-MOUNTED LEATHER TRUNK
    BY EDWARD SMITH, SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Decorated overall with brass studs, the domed lid centred by a GR under a crown, the sides with brass carrying handles, the interior lined with marbled paper, the underside of the lid with paper printed label 'EDWARD SMITH COFFER AND PLATE-MAKER TO HIS MAJESTY AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS YE PRINCE OF WALES AT THE KING'S ARMS & THREE TRUNKS AT CHARING CROSS', the metalwork apparently original
    20 in. (51 cm.) high; 42¼ in. (107 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (55 cm.) deep


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    Travelling trunks of this form with similar decorative brass-studding originated in the seventeenth century and continued to be produced, relatively unaltered in form right through to the reign of George II. Sometimes known as 'Chancellor' chests, they have been associated with Chancellors of the Exchequer as government 'office equipment' (discussed A .Wells-Cole, Furniture History Society Newsletter, no. 141 , February 2001).
    George II's coffer-maker, Edward Smith, supplied both the king and various members of the court with large number of trunks covered with 'russia leather' (P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1954, vol. II, p, 17). A related trunk, bearing an identical trade label for Edward Smith was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 21 October 1999, lot 295.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 20 June 1974, lot 114.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 165-169)