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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 424

    A GEORGE IV PLUM-PUDDING MAHOGANY BEDSIDE CABINET

    SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE IV PLUM-PUDDING MAHOGANY BEDSIDE CABINET
    Second quarter 19th century
    The white marble top above a panelled door enclosing a central shelf, on a plinth base
    35½ in. (90 cm.) high; 14 in. (36 cm.) wide; 13½ in. (34 cm.) deep


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    This bedside cabinet is designed in the 'chaste and elegant' manner lauded in R.Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1814. It evolved from the Grecian and French antique styles promoted by George Smith in whose Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808, it was noted that such 'pot cupboards' were 'ornamental articles ... to be placed on each side of the bed; the upper shelf serving for china, either for ornament or use, and forming at the same time a Table useful in case of indispostion' (ibid., pl. 130).

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