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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 36

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, GONCALO ALVES AND PADOUK-CROSSBANDED BREAKFRONT LIBRARY BOOKCASE

    CIRCA 1770

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    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, GONCALO ALVES AND PADOUK-CROSSBANDED BREAKFRONT LIBRARY BOOKCASE
    CIRCA 1770
    With a swan neck pediment above a pendant-carved frieze, the astragal glazed doors enclosing a moiré silk-lined interior with thirteen adjustable shelves, the base with a secretaire drawer fitted with an arrangement of ivory-handled drawers above a pair of doors enclosing three slides, flanked on each side by a single drawer above a door enclosing four further satinwood fronted drawers on a plinth base, with S-pattern locks, stamped on the top 'JOHN WATSON, NEW OXFORD ST, WC'
    111 ¼ in. (283 cm.) high; 98 ½ in. (250 cm.) wide; 25 ½ in. (65 cm.) deep


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    John Watson is listed in C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700 - 1830, Leeds , 1996, p. 54, and p.938, fig. 937. Gilbert speculates that Watson was probably a Victorian furniture broker who stamped his stock.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Mallett, London, before 1956 and thence in a private collection


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN