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    Sale 1993

    Important English Furniture

    25 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 70


    CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1760
    The dentil-carved broken arch pediment centered with a leaf-carved urn above a frieze carved with floral sprays, foliage and C-scrolls, above a pair of glazed doors revealing shelves and flanked by recessed glazed doors below pierced fretwork galleries surmounted with leaf-carved urns, the projecting conforming lower case with three blind fretwork-carved drawers over a pair of paneled cabinet doors flanked by recessed cabinet doors opening to reveal drawers, on a conforming waterleaf-carved plinth, the metalwork replaced
    96 in. (244 cm.) high, 69¼ in. (176 cm.) wide, 17 in. (43 cm.) deep

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    The temple-pedimented bookcase has a fretwork frieze and waist molding taken from a design by William Pain illustrated with designs for chimneypieces in The Builder's Companion and Workman's General Assistant, 1758, pl. 62. Similar rounded cupboard door panels appear on a design for a library bookcase by Thomas Chippdendale published in The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1st ed., 1754, pl. LXVII. Chippendale also introduced fretwork friezes topped by urns on the flanking elements of a bookcases he designed in 1759, published in the third edition of his Director, 1762.

    This bookcase belonged to Margaret Phipps Boegner, the grand-daughter of Henry Phipps, who in 1861 joined Andrew Carnegie in the steel venture that became a core part of the United States Steel Corporation at its founding in 1901. Her parents, John and Margarita Phipps, built an English Restoration-style manor house called Westbury House in central Nassau County and furnished it with eighteenth-century antiques. The manor house and gardens at Old Westbury are open to the public.


    Margaret Phipps Boegner (1906-2006), Old Westbury, New York.