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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 253

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND SABICU BONHEUR-DU-JOUR

    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGE SIMSON, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND SABICU BONHEUR-DU-JOUR
    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGE SIMSON, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Crossbanded overall in tulipwood with inner amaranth banding, the rectangular superstructure with a three-quarter gallery above an open compartment and a mahogany-lined drawer with divisions, flanked by bowed panelled doors enclosing a a mahogany-lined drawer, one with divisions, the base with a hinged secretaire-drawer inset with a gilt-tooled green leather-lined writing-surface and a fitted interior with a row of pigeon holes flanked by two short mahogany-lined drawers, above a fall-front compartment with a single shelf, on square tapering legs and later satinbirch feet, the central drawer surround on the superstructure with a paper label inscribed in ink 'MRS REYNOLDS 51 UPPER HARLEY STREET CAVENDISH SQUARE LONDON', the underside of the base with an H & M Ponsonby depository label inscribed in ink 'BONHEUR DU JOUR BUREAU', the secretaire drawer inscribed in pencil '2045' and in white chalk 'HARRINGTON', the metalwork apparently original
    46 in. (117 cm.) high; 33 in. (84 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43 cm.) deep


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    This piece is attributable to George Simson, based on an example bearing his label and illustrated in C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 422, fig. 840. The labelled piece, which is closely related to the present lot (with the minor exception of an arch surmounting the superstructure), is after a design in Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book, London, 1895, pl. 64.
    George Simson is recorded at 19 St. Paul's Churchyard from 1780-1839 (G. Beard, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p.817). In 1793 he subscribed to Thomas Sheraton's Drawing-Book and in 1803 was included in the list of master cabinet-makers in the Cabinet Director (G. Beard, op.cit., p. 817). Many pieces bearing his label feature fine figured timbers such as sabicu and satinwood, as on the current lot.
    A similar bonheur-du-jour, also attributed to George Simson, was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 7 June 2007, lot 15 (£13,200).

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    Provenance

    Mrs Reynolds.