This stone-white japanned bookcase, enriched with fretted ribbon-guilloches, reflects the 1750s George II 'Modern' fashion, while its 'commode' doors are enriched in the French manner with reeded and hollow-cornered tablets as popularised by one of Thomas Chippendale's 1759 bookcase patterns ( T. Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-makers Director, 3rd ed. 1762 (pl. 87). Its cornice is wreathed by a flowered and gothic-cusped fret; while its frieze displays a Roman dentillated fret, such as Chippendale adopted about 1770 for a double chest-of-drawers (chest-on-chest) supplied to Nostell Priory, Yorkshire (see C. Gilbert,The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, fig. 207).
The present bookcase is reputed to have been acquired directly from Corsham Court. As such, it may have formed part of the furnishings supplied in the early 1760s to Sir Paul Methuen (d.1795) at Corsham Court, Wiltshire, where it would have haromonized with the Gothic stuccoed ornaments introduced under the guidance of the architects Henry Keene (d.1767) and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (d.1783).