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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 47

    A LATE REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED BURR-OAK, OAK, EBONISED AND PAINTED WINE COOLER

    CIRCA 1820, IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE BULLOCK

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    A LATE REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED BURR-OAK, OAK, EBONISED AND PAINTED WINE COOLER
    CIRCA 1820, IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE BULLOCK
    Of monumental size, the hinged top with a lotus-carved ebonised finial and brass handles above a panelled body with laurel-wreath mount to the front and back, with lion's mask ring handles to the sides, on painted paw feet with later recessed castors, probably partially remounted
    32½ in. (82.5 cm.) high; 42 in. (107 cm.) wide; 28 in. (71 cm.) deep


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    This magnificent sideboard 'wine-cistern' appears to be executed from the baronial oaks acquired from the Drumlanrig estates by the Tenterden Street cabinet-maker George Bullock (d.1818), who was celebrated for his furnishing of 'General' Napoleon's residence on St. Helena, and also for designs contributed to R. Ackerman's, Repository of Arts. His design for a closely related cistern with Thrasyllus wreath survives amongst tracings preserved in the Birmingham City Art Gallery. Richard Bridgens, who had trained with the Liverpool sculptor and modeller George Bullock, later published a pattern for a related cistern in his, Furniture with Candelabra and Interior Decoration, 1838.
    A similar wine-cooler was sold Christie's King Street, 26 June 1986, lot 89, £19,440 (inc. premium).

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    Provenance

    Sold from a Private Channel Islands Collection, Bonhams & Langlois, Jersey, 19th June 2002. One mount has now been removed.