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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 49

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY ARCHITECT'S DESK

    MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY ARCHITECT'S DESK
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    The moulded rectangular top above a drawer carved with two sunken demi-lune panels with two corinthian column legs, enclosing a slide with later gilt-tooled blue leather writing-surface, enclosing pigeon-holes, above two curved panels centred by a corinthian pilaster, the right side fitted with three drawers, the left side with three faux drawers acting as a hinged-door enclosing sixteen square pigeon-holes, on shaped bracket feet, later metalwork, the sides of the frieze drawer repalced, restorations and replacements to veneers and mouldings
    32 in. (81.5 cm.) high; 36 in. (91.5 cm.) wide; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) deep, closed; 41½ in. (105.5 cm.) deep, extended


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    A related dressing-table, with arched and Ionic-pillared recess, was executed in Lancaster in 1751 and is signed by the cabinet-maker David Wright (D. Fitz-Gerald, Georgian Furniture in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1969, no. 47). However this dressing-table is likely to have been executed in Dublin: with its pillar-supported drawer and Roman architecture evoking ancient virtue, it relates to a number of contemporary bureau-dressing-cabinets discussed by The Knight of Glin and James Peill in Irish Furniture, London, 2007, (pp. 50-54)

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN