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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY KNEEHOLE DRESSING-TABLE

    POSSIBLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY KNEEHOLE DRESSING-TABLE
    POSSIBLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, CIRCA 1760
    The rectangular top above a part-fitted mahogany-lined frieze drawer and a kneehole with a cupboard, flanked on each side by three short drawers, on shaped bracket feet, with laminated corner blocks behind the feet and red wash, red crayon numbering on underside of drawers, lacking slide and some divisions in top drawer, four handles original (including the top drawer)
    31½ in. (80 cm.) high; 40 in. (102 cm.) wide; 23 in. (59 cm.) deep


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    This elegant bureau-dressing-table shares many similarities with the restrained category of furnishings found at Dumfries House, Ayrshire. Dumfries contains well-documented Chippendale furnishings of the first rank, as well as undocumented pieces that may have also emanated from the same workshops, but may have been supplied at a later date and whose invoices cannot now be traced. Features shared with this piece and those at Dumfries House include the distinctive Chippendale 'axe-head' handle, laminated blocks behind the feet and the appearance of a red wash on the underside.

    Another closely related piece is the kneehole desk dressing-table supplied by Thomas Chippendale of St Martin's Lane, and commissioned in 1774 by Ninian Home (d.1795), later Governor of Grenada, almost certainly for the principal bedroom apartment of Paxton House in Scotland. The latter would presumably have served as the dressing-table of his wife Penelope, daughter of Sir Christopher Payne, Bt. It was invoiced on June 7th, 1774 as: 'A neat mahogany Buroe Table with Divisions in the upper drawer and a Slider covered with Green Cloth... 6.12.0.' (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol. I, p. 274). The Paxton 'Buroe' table was sold anonymously [50 Years of Collecting: The Decorative Arts of Georgian England], Christie's, London, 14 May 2003, lot 140 (£77,675). Another closely comparable kneehole desk, catalogued in the manner of Thomas Chippendale was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 6 April 2000, lot 187 (£5,287).

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    Provenance

    Wolford Manor, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, in the 20th century.