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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    A GEORGE III GONCALO ALVES AND MAHOGANY SERPENTINE CHEST

    POSSIBLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, CIRCA 1760

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    A GEORGE III GONCALO ALVES AND MAHOGANY SERPENTINE CHEST
    POSSIBLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, CIRCA 1760
    The shaped rectangular top above four graduated drawers on shaped bracket feet, the handles original, with curved laminated blocks behind the feet, the underside and back with a red wash
    33½ in. (85 cm.) high; 43 in. (109 cm.) wide; 22½ in. (57 cm.) deep


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    This serpentine commode shares many similarities with the restrained category of furnishings found at Dumfries House, Ayrshire. Dumfries contains well-documented Chippendale furnishings of the first rank, as well as undocumented pieces that may have also emanated from the same workshops, but may have been supplied at a later date and whose invoices cannot now be traced. Features shared with this piece and those at Dumfries House include the distinctive plain swan-neck handles, laminated blocks behind the feet and the appearance of a red wash on the back and underside (see Dumfries House: A Chippendale Commission, vol. I, Christie's, London, 12 July 2007, lot 106 and R. Bird, 'Who was the Dumfries House Cabinet-Maker?', vol. II introduction).

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