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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 115

    A PAIR OF REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD AND PARCEL-GILT CABINETS

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD AND PARCEL-GILT CABINETS
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a low three-quarter gallery and rectangular top above a paneled and beaded frieze with two drawers, above brass grille and pleated gold silk-lined doors, one enclosing two short and three long graduated, the other slides, on a plinth base, the galleries probably original, the drawers mahogany-lined and with convex quarter-fillets, the backs black painted
    Each 41½ in. (105 cm.) high; 56 in. (143 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep (2)


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    Designed in the French/antique or Grecian fashion popularised during George IV's Regency, these elegant plinth-supported and chain-railed 'commode-tables' are ormolu enriched with golden 'Venus' pearl strings wreathing tablets that are sunk in the pilasters and friezes. Intended for the window-pier of a fashionable Reception Dressing Room, they conceal drawers and clothes-press trays behind silk-lined doors, whose scrolled 'bronze' trellis forms elliptic compartments that are echoed by their frame's rayed parquetry. Around 1810 this trellis pattern was favoured by the London and Lancaster firm of Gillow (see N. Goodison and J. Hardy, 'Gillows at Tatton Park', Furniture History, 1970, pp. 1-39 pl. 7a). Related 'Leigh' commodes were designed around 1813 and invoiced in 1819 by the Mayfair cabinet-maker George Oakley (d.1840) (see lot 122).

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