• Three Woods: A Passion for Wal auction at Christies

    Sale 7909

    Three Woods: A Passion for Walnut, Oak & Yew The John Parry Collection

    25 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 40

    A GEORGE II BURR-WALNUT WRITING-CHEST

    CIRCA 1730

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    A GEORGE II BURR-WALNUT WRITING-CHEST
    CIRCA 1730
    The rectangular quarter-veneered, cross-banded and double-featherbanded caddy-moulded top above feather-banded drawers comprising one long secretaire drawer fitted with a hinged ratcheted writing-slope lined with green baize and with a removable tray with compartments for ink-wells, above two short and two long drawers, on bracket feet, the underside inscribed 'R', the metalwork original
    31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) high; 31½ in. (80 cm.) wide; 20¾ in. (52.5 cm.) deep


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    The cock-beaded edge to the drawers and simple ovolo moulding on the plinth give clues as to the most likely date of c. 1730 for this elaborate chest, with a top drawer fitted with a hinged slope for writing or reading (A. Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture, Woodbridge, 2009, pp. 101-103).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Phillip's, Chester, 1990.