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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 94

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND PLUM-PUDDING MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT SIDEBOARD

    CIRCA 1780

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND PLUM-PUDDING MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT SIDEBOARD
    CIRCA 1780
    With a bowed top, the frieze with a drawer above a waved fluted apron centered by a patera, flanked by cellarette drawers and divided by pendant bellflowers, with a pot cupboard to the right side, on square tapering legs with moulded feet, the locks stamped 'R.BARRON, BARBICAN, LONDON,' numbers '9031','9033', and '9029', plugged holes at back for gallery, the underside of the central drawer inscribed in pen '3034'
    37½ in. (95 cm.) high; 70½ in. (179 cm.) wide; 30½ in. (78 cm.) deep


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    An almost identical sideboard, presumably the pair and undoubtedly executed in the same workshop although with cut-down feet, was sold from the collection of Frederick Behrens, Esq. and H.J. Joel, Esq. at Christie's on 17 April 1980, lot 84. It is illustrated in R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. edn., London, 1954, vol. III, p. 34, fig. 27.

    Robert Barron, patent locksmith, is listed in Kent's Directory for the Year 1794, Cities of London and Westminster, & Borough of Southwark at 66, Barbican. In 1778 Barron patented a double-action lock which represented a significant improvement on the then standard locks (J. A. Berry, 'English Furniture Locks', Regional Furniture, Vol XV, Leeds, 2001, pp. 64 - 71).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Partridge, 29 December 1977.