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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 378

    A PAIR OF WILMINGTON HALL CEDAR TREE CHESTS

    DECEMBER 1909

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF WILMINGTON HALL CEDAR TREE CHESTS
    DECEMBER 1909
    Each with two short drawers above two long drawers, one with an ivorine label inscribed 'MADE FOR GEORGE H. WHITEHEAD FROM A CEDAR TREE FELLED AT WILMINGTON HALL, DECEMBER 1909'
    32½ in. (82.5 cm.) high; 42 in. (107 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) deep (2)


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    Sir James Whitehead (1834-1917), 1st Bt., a Yorkshireman who had made his fortune in London, purchased Wilmington Hall, Dartford, Kent in 1896. The estate had many 'great cedars', and this pair of chests made from a cedar felled in 1909, were presented by Sir James to his son George Whitehead. Wilmington Hall was demolished in 1971, having been a school since 1950.

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