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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 240


    CIRCA 1775

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    CIRCA 1775
    The pediment and cornice carved with stiff-leaves above beading and pierced dentils, the fluted frieze flanked and divided by paterae above two pairs of doors filled with gilt-metal chicken-wire, flanked and divided by pilasters with stiff-leaf capitals, the base with a fluted and flowerhead frieze and fitted with twelve oak-lined drawers with Piazzesi paper lining, on a plinth base edged with foliage
    100¼ in. (255 cm.) high; 93 in. (236 cm.) wide; 20 in. (51 cm.) deep

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    This golden bookcase celebrates lyric poetry with its 'triumphal-arch' and temple-pediment cornice wreathed by 'Apollo' palms accompanied by 'Venus' pearl-strings and its frieze enriched with 'Apollo' sunflowered medallions displayed in tablets that are tied in an antique-fluted ribbon-guilloche. In its distinctive use of marble-figured veneer of yew-wood, it recalls the documented oeuvre of the Soho cabinet-makers Messrs Mayhew and Ince. While the bas-relief Roman medallions recall the mosaiced ceiling of the poetry deity's temple engraved in R. Woods' Ruins of the Temple of the Sun at Palmyra, 1753, the projecting pilasters' palm-flowered 'Diocletian' capitals reflect the influence of Robert Adam's Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, 1762.
    Its base, like Lady Curzon's celebrated Kedleston bookcase, is equipped with drawers, while its commode doors are trellised in golden brass filigree as adopted for fashionable George II bedroom apartment furnishings such as the 'pier commode table' at Holkham Hall, Norfolk (A. Coleridge, Chippendale Furniture, London, 1968, fig. 368 and J. Hardy and H. Hayward, 'Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire', Country Life, 26 January, 1978, fig 6.)

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    A. Randolph Brett, Esq., High Close, Baldock, Hertfordshire.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 19 April 1990, lot 176.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's New York, 1 February 1992, lot 352.
    With Mallett.
    Acquired from Hotspur, 29 April 1993.


    F. Lewis Hinckley, Dictionary of Historic Cabinet Woods, New York, 1953, p.91, fig. 83.
    L. Synge, The Mallett Millenium, London, 1999, p.115, fig.123.


    The Grosvenor House Antique Dealer's Fair, 1937.