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    Sale 5745

    The Country House Sale: Pomfret House and Tetworth Hall

    5 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 217

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND CROSSBANDED CLOTHES PRESS

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND CROSSBANDED CLOTHES PRESS
    Late 18th century
    In two sections, the rectangular moulded cornice and plain frieze above two panelled doors between spirally-turned and reeded tapering pilasters, enclosing five oak and blue paper-lined sliding shelves above two short drawers and a long drawer, each with convex quarter-fillets, on Bacchic amphora feet, the handles original, the lock replaced, the reverse with a printed depository label 'Barnaby Bendall & Co. Ltd. Cheltenham.' numbered '83'
    80½ in. (205 cm.) high; 56 in. (142 cm.) wide; 25 in. (63 cm.) deep


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    The press, displaying fine silken-figured mahogany tablets, has its Egyptian-reed and Pompeian-pillared corners raised on Grecian-urn feet in the French/antique fashion popularised by Thomas Sheraton's, Cabinet Encyclopaedia, 1806-8; and by George Smith's Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808. Designed, no doubt, to harmonise with bed-posts, the pillar capitals entwined reeds correspond to the ornament of one of Smith's Roman-candelabra patterns (Smith, ibid, pl. 139).

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