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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 17

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-CABINET

    CIRCA 1780

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    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-CABINET
    CIRCA 1780
    The stepped cornice with faux strigil-fluted inlaid frieze, above a pair of mirrored doors enclosing two adjustable shelves and six drawers,the urn-and-garland-inlaid secretaire drawer with green velvet-lined writing-surface, pigeon-holes and drawers, above a pair of athènienne-inlaid doors enclosing an adjustable shelf
    81¾ in. (207.5 cm.) high; 44¾ in. (113.5 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep


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    The mirrored and golden veneered George III 'Lady's Cabinet' is appropriately inlaid for the window-pier of the fashionable French/antique or Etruscan styled reception dressing-room, such as the Rome-trained architect Robert Adam (d.1792) introduced in the 1770s. Reflecting Adam's 'Columbarium' vase-chambers, recalling poetic accounts of sacrifices at love's altar in antiquity, a laurelled and palm-flowered urn dresses the table's hinged frieze drawer; while flowered Grecian altar-tripods dress the door tablets of the 'commode', whose Grecian scrolled base is fretted in a cupid-bow. The inlay, including the Apollonian sunflowered cornice with trompe l'oeil flutes, relates to the fashion popularised in particular by the Soho firm of Messrs Mayhew and Ince (see C. Cator, 'The Earl of Kerry and Mayhew and Ince', Furniture History, 1990, pp. 37-33). Similar ornament featured in Thomas Chippendale Junior's Sketches of Ornament, 1779 (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol. II, figs. 28-30).

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    Saleroom Notice

    The correct measurements of this secretaire-cabinet are as follows:
    81¾ in. (207.5 cm.) high; 44¾ in. (113.5 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep