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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 622

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE-CABINET

    IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE-CABINET
    IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top with pierced fretwork superstructure enclosing a shelf, above a secretaire drawer with a flap simulated as two drawers enclosing a fitted interior of pigeon-holes above mahogany-lined drawers, above four graduated drawers, on shaped bracket feet, the metalwork and superstructure replaced
    60 in. (152.5 cm.) high; 31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43 cm.) deep


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    This elegant secretaire relates to cabinets of the same form by Thomas Chippendale (d.1779). In 1764 Chippendale supplied two secretaires to Sir Lawrence Dundas, Bt. (d. 1781), each surmounted by a lattice-work bookshelf: one was sold by Lawrence Dundas, Marquess of Zetland, Christie's, London, 26 April 1934, lot 112 (bought by Malletts). The other is at Aske Hall, Yorkshire, now lacking its upper section, described as 'a fine open Bookshelf on top' (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol. II, fig. 94 and vol. I, p.159). The narrow form of secretaire, with a fall-front top drawer enclosing an interior fitted with drawers and pigeon-holes, is similar to the present lot.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 621-627)