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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 97


    CIRCA 1740

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    CIRCA 1740
    The triangular open pediment above a Vitruvian-scrolled and egg-and-dart cornice above an egg-and-dart moulded glazed double-hinged central door with later glass flanked by narrow glazed doors enclosing four crimson velvet-lined adjustable shelves, the base with a flap with ribbon-twist applied moulding enclosing two mahogany-lined drawers, flanked by conforming doors each enclosing two mahogany-lined drawers, above a central breakfront panelled door enclosing a shelf, on a plinth base, with mahogany backboards
    98½ in. (250 cm.) high; 56½ in. (143.5 cm.) wide; 25¼ in. (64 cm.) deep

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    The Tuscan bookcase, with open temple-pediment for the display of a bust, is designed in the George II 'Roman' fashion promoted by Isaac Ware's, Designs of Inigo Jones and Others, 1731; and by B. Langley's, The City and Country Builder's and Workman's Treasury of Designs, 1740. Its tiered 'commode' base, recessed wings, echinus mouldings and fretted ribbon enrichments, with 'Greek key' and 'Vitruvian wave-scrolls' can be found in Langley's 1739 engravings, such as his chest-of-drawers, medal case and 'decorations for cabinet-works' etc. (see pls. 153,154,8, 98 and 78). Amongst the leading London cabinet-makers, who promoted Langley's architectonic fashion was Giles Grendey of Clerkenwell, whose label is recorded on a related cabinet belonging to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, Leeds, 1996, fig. 432). Related cabinets, with hinged bureau 'fall' fitted beneath mirrored doors, have been recorded at Langley Park, Norfolk and Ragley Hall, Worcestershire (O. Brackett, Thomas Chippendale, 1925, pl. XI)

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