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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 52

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE CABINET

    POSSIBLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, CIRCA 1765

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE CABINET
    POSSIBLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, CIRCA 1765
    The cavetto moulded cornice above a pair of cut-cornered panelled doors with applied roundels and enclosing three mahogany-lined trays, the secretaire drawer enclosing pigeon-holes, mahogany-lined drawers and a baize-lined writing surface, above four graduated mahogany-lined drawers, on bracket feet with laminated blocks, inscribed to underside 'NBX100Y, front right blocking replaced, two trays missing, handles apparently original
    76 in. (193 cm.) high; 48 in. (122 cm.) wide; 25 in. (64 cm.) deep


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    This handsome cabinet and chest-of-drawers, features a bureau concealed behind a 'fall' and figured door panels, both with reed-framed and hollow-cornered tablets. With their spandrels' embellished with bas-relief patera medallions, they relate to the tablets featured by Thomas Chippendale (d.1779) in a number of his French-fashioned designs that include his 'Desk and Bookcase' pattern of 1760 for the third edition of his Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Directors, 1754-62. Chippendale also introduced pateraed medallions on a related 'Secretary' that he supplied for Paxton House, Scotland, together with a related 'Clothes Press' that featured on a list drawn up in 1774 (see C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, pp. 272 and 274, figs. 91 and 248).

    On the underside of the secretaire and on the inside of the front left foot are exposed nailheads, the former with traces of twine attached. Such nailing also featured on several pieces of case-furniture at Dumfries House, Scotland, but only on pieces supplied by Chippendale and the 'Dumfries House cabinet-maker'. These nails are associated with the fastening of 'pack thread' used to secure a protective cloth cover for transport and provide further evidence for the attribution to Chippendale.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 3 December 1987, lot 151.