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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 49

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED BLACK AND GILT LACQUER CABINETS

    THE CABINETS JAPANESE, LATE 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY, EMBELLISHED IN ENGLAND IN THE 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED BLACK AND GILT LACQUER CABINETS
    THE CABINETS JAPANESE, LATE 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY, EMBELLISHED IN ENGLAND IN THE 18TH CENTURY
    Each with a rectangular yellow marble top above a cabinet decorated with landscapes and birds, enclosing an interior of variously-sized drawers similarly decorated, with engraved hinges, lockplate, and handles to the side, the angles with acanthus and cabochon mounts leading to acanthus-scrolled sabots with castors, minor differences in decoration, size and in the side handles, the marble tops, feet, aprons and angle mounts added
    39 ¾ in. (100.8 cm.) high; 37 in. (94 cm.) wide; 22 ½ in. (57 cm.) deep
    39 3/8 in. (100.2 cm.) high; 40 in. (102 cm.) wide; 20 ½ in. (102 cm.) deep, the other


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    These George III ormolu-mounted lacquer cabinets are constructed from earlier late 17th or early 18th century Japanese cabinets of the finest lacquer. Originally made as floor-standing cabinets, they were generally raised on elaborate stands when entering British or European collections, yet these cabinets have retained their original waved plinths and part of their short feet, now hidden behind the 18th century remodelling.

    By repute these cabinets were in the collection of the Earls of Ilchester, and although they are not in the latter’s 1948 Christie’s sale, another pair of Japanese black lacquer cabinets was included, from the ‘Swaneries Drawing Room’ of Holland House, the Earl’s London mansion (lot 118).

    The adaptation of these Japanese cabinets with Urushi lacquer borders to their present form in circa 1765 - 75 was certainly executed by a prestigious cabinet-maker. The Earl of Ilchester was almost certainly a client of Pierre Langlois (d.1767), of Tottenham Court Road, London, and in 1763 Caroline, 1st Lady Holland wrote to her sister Emily, Countess of Kildare about a present of furniture for their third sister 'I hear she likes L'Anglary's (Langlois) in layd things very much and I should wish to send other typical works'. However other candidates do present themselves. One such is Henry Hill of Marlborough (d. 1778) based on the distinctive pierced angle-mounts found on engraved marquetry commodes attributed to Hill; additionally these all have the characteristic shaped apron (L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, no. 4, fig. 55, and another veneered commode, fig. 56). The same angle-mounts and sabots are additionally found on a George III amaranth, cocus-wood and engraved marquetry bedside commode, sold Christie’s, New York, 25 April 2008, lot 84, and another commode formerly with Jeremy Ltd., illustrated ibid., fig. 160.

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    Provenance

    By tradition from the collection of the Earls of Ilchester, Melbury House, Dorset, or possibly Holland House, London.
    Acquired from Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd, London, 9 January 1969


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN