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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 712

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD BOWFRONT CHEST

    AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS SHERATON, CIRCA 1793

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD BOWFRONT CHEST
    AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS SHERATON, CIRCA 1793
    Crossbanded overall in amaranth, the shaped rectangular top above a mahogany-lined secretaire frieze drawer with later handles, enclosing a green velvet-lined writing-slope, drawers, lidded compartments, ink- wells and pen-trays, above three part mahogany-lined drawers, on tapering toupie feet, the larger handles original
    32¾ in. (83 cm.) high; 42½ in. (108 cm.) wide; 22¼ in. (56.5 cm.) deep


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    The slightly bowfront profile of this dressing-commode is inspired by a pattern for a 'Dressing Chest of Drawers' published in plate 15 in The Appendix to T. Sheraton's The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793. The pattern illustrates the bowfronted chest with a shallow fitted top drawer, as in the present example. It was described as 'a new plan, particularly as the common slider for merely writing on is turned into a shallow drawer, which contains a little writing flap which rises behind a horse, and places for ink sand and pens, and also dressing boxes ...'
    A pair of satinwood bowfront commodes after a Gillows design of 1789 and also with three drawers each below a slide was sold anonymously, Sotheby's, London, 22 November 2006, lot 151.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN