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    Sale 1993

    Important English Furniture

    25 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 56

    A GEORGE IV ORMOLU AND BRASS-MOUNTED BROWN-OAK AND PARCEL-GILT SIDE CABINET

    CIRCA 1830

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    A GEORGE IV ORMOLU AND BRASS-MOUNTED BROWN-OAK AND PARCEL-GILT SIDE CABINET
    CIRCA 1830
    Of rectangular form, with a three-quarter pierced gallery the black marble stepped top, with paterae to the corners of the conforming frieze, above a pair of glazed cabinet doors with ivory silk curtains, enclosing an ivory silk-lined interior with adjustable shelving, framed with foliate-headed spreading columns, flanked with further conforming cabinet doors, on a molded plinth, the later lockplates stamped 'CLUSE & BOSE', the black marble top replaced but the gallery original
    40½ in. (103 cm.) high, 101 in. (256.5 cm.) wide, 14 in. (36 cm.) deep


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    This sophisticated cabinet with its use of highly-figured timbers and contrasting golden embellishments relates to furniture supplied as part of the refurbishment of Windsor Castle carried out by Nicholas Morel and George Seddon in the late 1820s. The outset columns with their stylized foliate capitals and base moldings appear on various pieces at Windsor, mostly French-inspired (for example: H. Roberts, For The King's Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle, London, 2001, p. 363, fig. 450 and p. 406, fig. 481). Ever the Francophile, George IV directed Morel to travel to France to execute patterns and drawings of furniture (G. de Bellaigue and P. Kirkham, 'George IV and the Furnishing of Windsor Castle', Furniture History, 1972, pp. 1-9). The elaborately-cast corner mounts recall the corner devises on giltwood frames supplied by the firm for the Boudoir (H. Roberts, op. cit., p. 219, fig. 261).

    Provenance

    Bought from Kentshire Galleries, New York, 1994.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of a Private Collector
    (LOTS 31-56)