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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 623

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD SECRETAIRE-CABINET

    CIRCA 1780

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD SECRETAIRE-CABINET
    CIRCA 1780
    The rectangular moulded and Greek-key cornice above an arcaded frieze and a pair of glazed doors with geometric astragals enclosing three adjustable shelves and a yellow silk-lined interior, the base with a secretaire drawer with hinged flap simulated as two drawers enclosing a fitted interior of pigeon-holes and drawers, the handles apparently original
    78½ in. (199 cm.) high; 31½ in. (80 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) deep


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    The elegant bookcase is embellished with arcaded cornice and mosaiced glazing in the fashion popularised by patterns published in The Cabinet-Maker's London Book of Prices, 1793, plate 15 (glazing patterns), while its bureau is concealed behind trompe l'oeil drawers in a chest whose pointed and arched 'lambrequin' apron accompanies Grecian-scrolled feet. Its form and ornament, invented around 1780, was popularised by Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co.'s, Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788.
    A golden satinwood chest-of-drawers, ribbon-banded in 'purplewood' and with the same patterned apron and feet featured in the 1789 'Estimate Sketch Book' of Gillow of London and Lancaster (L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800; Royston, 1995, fig. 118). A closely related secretaire, but with Gothic pattern of glazing bars in the upper section and formerly in the collection of Viscountess Leverhulme, was sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 7 June 2007, lot 164 (£38,400).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN