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    Sale 5922

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    24 February 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 102

    A GEORGE III SABICU EBONY AND MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE BOOKCASE ON STAND

    CIRCA 1770, POSSIBLY BY MAYHEW AND INCE

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    A GEORGE III SABICU EBONY AND MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE BOOKCASE ON STAND
    CIRCA 1770, POSSIBLY BY MAYHEW AND INCE
    The fretwork cornice surmounted by urn finials above two ebony moulded astragal glazed doors enclosing two adjustable shelves, below the secréetaire drawer enclosing a green baize-lined writing surface with an arrangement of drawers and pidgeon holes centred by an amboyna and crossbanded door enclosing a sliding compartment and secret drawers on tapering legs with block feet joined by an undertier possibly added slightly later in the 18th century
    44 in. (213 cm.) high; 37½ in. (95 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (55 cm.) deep


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    The bureau-dressing-table, corresponds to a bookcase pattern popularised by Thomas Malton's Compleat Treatise on Perspective, 1775, pl. 33, fig. 127.
    Malton's pattern, which incorporates hollow-cornered compartments in the French manner, may have derived from Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779), as it matches that of a bookcase he supplied in 1774 for the Arlington Street house of Sir Lawrence Dundas (see C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, fig 73).
    The cabinet was probably designed and made by the Golden Square firm of Messrs John Mayhew and William Ince, who's speciality was superbly figured veneers combined with Etruscan-black ribboned or reeded bands. In particular it relates to their mahogany and ebony-enriched pier-commode-table, with the same French stump-foot pattern, that they supplied in the 1770s to the 4th Duke of Marlborough (see H. Roberts, Furniture for the 4th Duke of Marlborough Furniture History, 1990,pp-149 and fig. 26). The flowered and French-fashioned handles, draped from Etruscan pearl-wreathed patera medallions, correspond to a George III Birmingham metal-work pattern (T.R. Crom, An Eighteenth Century Brass Hardware Catalogue, Florida, 1994, no. 786.).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE SIR PETER AND LADY CROSSMAN