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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 596

    A LATE VICTORIAN STENCILLED ASH THREE-TIER WHATNOT

    LATE 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF CHARLES BEVAN

    Price Realised  

    A LATE VICTORIAN STENCILLED ASH THREE-TIER WHATNOT
    LATE 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF CHARLES BEVAN
    The top tier with a backboard, decorated with geometric designs and flowers, on ceramic castors
    36½ in. (92.5 cm.) high; 24 in. (61 cm.) wide; 13¼ in. (34 cm.) deep


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    The geometric stencilled decoration and chamfering is characteristic of Charles Bevan and Joseph Seddon, to whom Bevan was purportedly apprenticed circa 1862. Though Bevan's designs, executed by firms such as Marsh & Jones of Leeds for Titus Salt Jr. of Saltaire and now partially at Lotherton Hall, Leeds, were intended to be executed with the use of inlaid woods having a polychromatic effect, it is not unlikely that smaller firms followed his designs to a similar effect using paint and stencils. Indeed, a wardrobe was sent by Dyer & Watts of Islington to the Paris Exhibition of 1867, with stenciled decoration which was described in the Art Journal Supplement in 1867 'as refreshing to the eye as if the woods imitated had been of the rarest and most costly'. The wardrobe was bought by the Empress of France (J. Cooper, Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors, 1987, p. 101).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from H. Blairman & Sons, London.