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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 690

    A HEAL'S LIMED OAK BEDROOM SUITE

    DESIGNED BY AMBROSE HEAL, CIRCA 1912

    Price Realised  

    A HEAL'S LIMED OAK BEDROOM SUITE
    DESIGNED BY AMBROSE HEAL, CIRCA 1912
    Comprising a chest and a linen press, the chest with four graduated long drawers, the linen press with a pair of panelled cupboard doors above two short and three graduated long drawers, both with indistinct chalk inscriptions to the reverse, the locks of both all stamped 'Secure 2 Lever'
    The chest: 36¼ in. (92 cm.) high; 30 in. (76 cm.) wide; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) deep
    The linen press: 59½ in. (151 cm.) high; 43½ in. (110.5 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) deep (2)


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    Ambrose Heal favoured simplicity, good proportions and good workmanship in his designs. He was able to combine Arts and Crafts principals with machine manufacture. He further aligned himself with the Arts and Crafts movement by exhibiting at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society from 1899, though he only actually joined in 1906.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's King Street, 16 February 1994, lot 64.


    Literature

    Joseph Thorp, An Aesthetic Conversion, London, 1912, p. 9 (design illustrated).
    Susanna Goodden, At the Sign of the Fourposter; A History of Heal's, London, 1984, p. 25 (a similar cabinet illustrated).