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    Sale 2042

    Important English Furniture

    17 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 109

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE

    CIRCA 1775

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE
    CIRCA 1775
    With three bookshelves above a fallfront enclosing a fitted interior
    97¼ in. (247 cm.) high, 49½ in. (126 cm.) wide, 23¼ in. (59 cm.) deep


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    The chosen timbers, refined construction and quality of carving indicates that a top London cabinet-maker was responsible for this piece. Certain features appear in Thomas Chippendale's oeuvre such as the use of diagonal veneers (see: the Nostell Priory commodes illustrated in C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, New York, 1978, vol. II, pp. 124-125), and the frieze pattern which is mirrored in a manuscript design for an armchair inscribed 'Chipindale' and probably executed by Thomas Chippendale Jr. in circa 1778 (op. cit., p. 115, fig. 202).