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    Sale 5372

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    18 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 106

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE

    LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE
    LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    With a moulded cornice above four astragal glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the base with a central secretaire drawer, the fitted interior with drawers and pigeon holes, flanked by two further drawers and with panelled cupboards below and a plinth base
    114in. (290cm.) high; 77in. (196cm.) wide; 16½in. (42cm.) deep


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    Provenance

    Longleat, Wiltshire.
    Christie's, Furniture, Silver and Porcelain from Longleat, 13 June 2002, lot 339, as 'A George III mahogany double-breakfront bookcase, the outer pair of wings Regency', the outer wings having been subsequently removed.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    Longleat House Archive:
    1837 Inventory, p.31, No.46 Sitting Room, 'Mahogany Winged Bookcase' or p.52, No.69 Lord Bath's Sitting Room, 'Winged Bookcase'.
    1852 Inventory, p.29, No. 46 Sitting Room, 'Mahogany Winged Book case or p.48, No.69 Lord Bath's Sitting Room, 'Winged Book Case'.
    1869 Inventory, The Marquess of Bath's Room, either 'A winged mahogany glazed bookcase' or in the North Corridor, 'A mahogany winged glazed bookcase with cupboards and drawers'.
    1896 Inventory (2nd Marquess' Heirlooms), No.48 School Room, 'A 9ft 6in mahogany Chippendale wing bookcase upper part filled shelves, six glazed panelled doors, three drawers under and five cupboards'.