• The Country House Sale - Newto auction at Christies

    Sale 5984

    The Country House Sale - Newton Hall

    20 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 116

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY TRAVELLING CHEST

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY TRAVELLING CHEST
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The moulded rectangular solid mahogany hinged top mounted with an oval brass plaque engraved 'Alex.r Davison Esq./Swarland House', enclosing a fitted interior of various compartments and trays above two fitted graduated long drawers, with brass carrying handles to the sides, original handles, the steel lock detached
    12 in. (30.5 cm.) high; 28 in. (71 cm.) wide; 14 in. (35.5 cm.) deep


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    The fine travelling chest, with its drawers and multi-fitted compartments perhaps intended for bottles, is brass labelled with the name of Alexander Davison (d.1829) of Swarland House, Northumberland. It may have accompanied him on his travels to Quebec City in the later 1770s, and during the period that he served as an agent to the young Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (d.1805)

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    Provenance

    Alexander Davison (1750-1829) of Swarland Hall, Northumberland and by descent to his daughter Dorothy Widdrington (formerly Cook) (b. 1794) of Newton Hall, Northumberland.


    Literature

    Inventory and Valuation of the contents of Newton Hall, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland, The Property of Brigadier General B. F. Widdrington, C.M.G., D.S.O., 1925, p. 10.