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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 127

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY SMALL BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE

    CIRCA 1740, ALTERED AND RECONSTRUCTED INTO ITS PRESENT FORM, PROBABLY FROM A LARGER BOOKCASE

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY SMALL BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE
    CIRCA 1740, ALTERED AND RECONSTRUCTED INTO ITS PRESENT FORM, PROBABLY FROM A LARGER BOOKCASE
    The triangular open pediment with foliate carving above a frieze of inverted C-scrolls enclosing roses on a punched ground, above two panelled glazed doors with egg-and-dart mouldings, enclosing two adjustable shelves, flanked by two conforming doors each enclosing three adjustable shelves, the lower section with a foliate carved frieze on punched ground above three later frieze drawers, above a pair of doors with gothic arches, flanked by conforming doors, on a moulded plinth with conforming carving, the reverse with a depository label printed 'LOMATH BROTHERS DEPOSITORIES LONDON SW1 174', previously decorated, the doors on the base probably reused from the wings, five panes cracked
    79¾ in. (202.5 cm.) high; 63 in. (160 cm.) wide; 20¼ in. (51 cm.) deep


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    The bookcase, originally much larger in scale, was intended for an interior designed in the manner of George II's architect William Kent (d. 1748). His architect colleague, John Vardy, published furniture designs and interior schemes relating to this bookcase in Some Designs of Mr Inigo Jones and Mr William Kent, 1744.

    By family tradition, when James Thursby Pelham found this bookcase at Cound Hall, his family's home in Shropshire, it had been painted white. Cound Hall was built in 1704 for Edward Cresset, a forebear of James Thursby Pelham's, by John Prince of Shrewsbury.

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    Provenance

    The Cresset family, Cound Hall, Shropshire and by descent to
    The Thursby Pelham family, Cound Hall, Shropshire.
    James Thursby Pelham, 55 Cadogan Gardens, by 1923 and by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF JAMES THURSBY PELHAM


    Literature

    J. Thursby Pelham's Album.
    O. Brackett, 'Mr Thursby Pelham's Collection of English Furniture-I', Country Life, 7 April 1923, p. lviii, fig. 1.
    P. Macquoid & R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1924, vol. I, p. 74, fig. 15 (also in the revised edition, 1954).
    R. Edwards, The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1964, p. 53, fig. 8.