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    Sale 5373

    Christie's Interiors

    2 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 301

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CABINET ON CHEST

    LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CABINET ON CHEST
    LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The dentiled moulded cornice above mirror glass panelled doors, enclosing three adjustable shelves, below three short drawers, two short and three graduated long drawers
    86¾ in. (220.5 cm.) high; 42¼ in. (107.5 cm.) wide; 15in. (38 cm.) deep


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    The elegant Lady's Closet or commode chest-of-drawers and mirrored cabinet is designed in the George II Roman fashion, with its Ionic dentilled entablature derived from B. Langleys, The City and Country Builders and Workmans Treasury of Designs, 1740 (pl.43).
    The picturesque flower-garlanded handles to the chest feature in an 18th century Birmingham metal-worker's book as pattern number 1465 ( T.R.Crom, An Eighteenth Century English Brass Hardware Catalogue, Florida, 1994, pl.IX)

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE JOSEPH McCRINDLE SOLD BY ORDER OF THE EXECUTORS
    (LOTS 301-324)

    Joe McCrindle's life was dedicated to publishing, travel and collecting. In many ways his interests were interconnected, and the items offered for sale by his executors reflect this. Born in New York, Joe first travelled to Europe as an infant, and he was always someone who seemed to be planning his next trip, until his extended illness prevented travel. Collecting antiquarian books as a child, he soon moved on to original illustrations by artists such as Cruikshank and Rowlandson. His great-grandfather, the American artist Henry Mosler, had formed a distinguished collection of Old Masters paintings and drawings, as had Joe's grandmother, Edith Feder. Joe moved into the same field, acquiring paintings and drawings in the United States, London, Rome (where he kept a home for a period in the 1960s) and on his European travels. Other interests developed later, including 19th Century drawings and 20th Century British Art.

    As a publisher Joe will be best remembered as the editor (and major funder) of The Transatlantic Review, in which he promoted the best of short story writing, poetry and reviews from Europe and America. Writers featured included Muriel Spark, Harold Pinter and Phillip Roth. As a collector Joe was remarkably generous, with donations of major paintings to be found in many public collections, most notably the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven. The majority of his UK estate will benefit the work of The Friends of Friendless Churches.
    Andrew Martindale