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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 104

    A GEORGE III STYLE PARCEL-GILT, GREEN AND POLYCHROME-PAINTED BOWFRONT BOOKCASE

    RETAILED BY H. SAMUEL, LONDON, CIRCA 1880, IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE BROOKSHAW

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III STYLE PARCEL-GILT, GREEN AND POLYCHROME-PAINTED BOWFRONT BOOKCASE
    RETAILED BY H. SAMUEL, LONDON, CIRCA 1880, IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE BROOKSHAW
    With a pair of glazed doors enclosing two shelves above a drawer, with cupboard door below, flanked by bowed cupboard doors to either side, on turned legs, stamped 'H. Samuel, 484 Oxford St. London.', the drawer with a printed paper label 'Mitchell Field & Company' inscribed in ink 'old French cabinet'
    75½ in. (192 cm.) high; 45¾ in. (116 cm.) wide; 16 in. (40.5 cm.) deep


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    The cabinet has its elliptic bowed commode raised on taper-columned feet in the antique fashion featured in Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793 (pl. 20). With its French 'arabesque' decoration, its pilasters relate in particular to the late 18th Century cabinet that was executed for John 3rd Baron Monson (d. 1806) by the Great Marlborough Street cabinet-maker George Brookshaw (d. 1823), 'Peintre ébéniste' and famed author of A New Treatise on Flower Painting, 1797. Two similar 'Piercefield' cabinets, which also relate to a pair of chimneypieces from Piercefield House, Monmouthshire, have medallion vignettes that derive from Picturesque Views in England and Wales issued in the 1780s by Harrison & Co. (see L. Wood, George Brookshaw, Part 2, Apollo, June 1991, pp. 383-387, pl. III and fig, I). It is possible that the pattern for the present cabinet derives from one of Brookshaw's and was made to display some of his painted decoration removed from chimneypiece pilasters. The painted antique ornament in the manner of Raphael with its tablets, medallions and pelta-scrolled cartouches, relates in particular to the late 18th century designs of Charles Pierre Joseph Normand (d.1840), as featured in his Nouveaux Recueil en Divers Genres d'Ornemens, 1803.

    Henry Samuel (fl. c. 1940) appears to have been a retailer in Oxford Street, London and his brand has been recorded on a number of pieces of dating from the 18th and l9th Century.

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