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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 241

    A GEORGE II OAK INVERTED BREAKFRONT-BOOKCASE

    MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II OAK INVERTED BREAKFRONT-BOOKCASE
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    The moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors enclosing eight adjustable shelves, flanked by two doors each enclosing four adjustable shelves above a slide enclosing a well, the base section with two panelled doors enclosing one adjustable shelf, flanked by two panelled doors each enclosing an adjustable shelf, on a moulded plinth, two doors with label inscribed in ink '1967-402 A', restorations to the doors and the plinth
    93½ in. (237.5 cm.) high; 82½ in. (210 cm.) wide; 19½ in. (50 cm.) deep


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    A comparable George II oak bookcase, similarly understated in design, was sold by the Marquess of Cholmondeley, Houghton Hall, Norfolk, Christie's, London, 24 November 2005, lot 29. The latter bookcase was probably supplied to Sir Robert Walpole, later 1st Earl of Orford (1676-1745) or his son, Robert, 2nd Earl of Orford (1700-1751) for Houghton Hall, Norfolk and is most likely the 'wainscot bookcase with plate glass doors', recorded in room 'No. 86 Stewards Office' in the 1792 inventory of Houghton.

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    Saleroom Notice

    The pediment of the bookcase has a label printed 'COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG 37'.
    Provenance for this lot is:
    Acquired in 1967 for Colonial Williamsburg from S.W. Wolsey, London
    At Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia until 2003.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN