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    Sale 5936

    The Country House Sale - Property of the 14th Earl of Kintore & The Collection of the Late Bernard Lyons, C.B.E.

    18 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 200

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE SECRETAIRE CHEST

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY AND LATER

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE SECRETAIRE CHEST
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY AND LATER
    The shaped top with canted angles above a hinged scretaire drawer hung with husk garlands, enclosing a gilt-tooled green leather-lined writing-surface and a fitted interior with mahogany-lined drawers and pigeon holes surrounding a central panelled door enclosing four further drawers, above four short and three long graduated drawers, on later bracket feet, the handles later, the interior re-fitted, the carving added
    38¾ in. (98.5 cm.) high; 27½ in. (70 cm.) wide; 15 in. (38 cm.) deep


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    The overall design of this secretaire follows one for a 'Lady's Secretary' published in Mayhew and Ince's The Universal System of Household Furniture, 1759-1762, plate XVIII. A related finely-figured example was sold from The Lord Constantine Collection, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh, 12 October 2007, lot 663 (£7,000).

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    Provenance

    Edward Dent Esq.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 28 June 1962, lot 72 (£157.10s to Waddingham).
    Acquired from W. Waddingham, Harrogate, 1962.


    Literature

    P. Macquoid, A History of English Furniture: The Age of Satinwood, pl. III.