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    Sale 5281

    The Sunday Sale

    9 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 154

    A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID AND ORMOLU MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CHIFFONIER

    IN THE MANNER OF JOHN MCLEAN AND SONS

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID AND ORMOLU MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CHIFFONIER
    In the manner of John McLean and Sons
    The rectangular top with a two-tiered mirror-backed superstructure with three-quarter galleried and trellis-filled sides, the lower section with a pair of mahogany lined contre partie brass-inlaid frieze drawers, centred by a mask and flanked by caryatids, above a pair of panelled cupboard doors enclosing a central shelf, flanked by tapering brass-inlaid pilasters, on Doric scrolled bun feet concealing castors, the mounts flanking the drawers probably later, concealed behind the central mask compartment, two letters addressed to J. F. Bury Esq. Nazeing, Waltham, dated 1843
    54 in. (137 cm.) high; 38 in. (96.5 cm.) wide; 15 in. (38 cm.) deep


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    The rosewood 'chiffonier' commode, 'buhl-inlaid' and ormolu-enriched, reflects the Louis Quatorze style adopted for fashionable drawing-rooms in the early 19th Century. The reeded pillar and trellised rail of its mirrored 'chiffonier' book-stand, as well as the echinous framed panels correspond to that of a rosewood secretaire, which bears the label adopted around 1800 by John McLean & Son of Upper Marylebone Street, specialists in 'Elegant Parisian Furniture' (see C. Gilbert, The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, p. 38, figs. 596 and 591). A two-tiered 'chiffonier' book-stand of this pattern features on a closely related 'buhl-inlaid' rosewood chiffonier commode. The latter, which also has canted and truss-scrolled pilasters terminating in Grecian-scrolled stump feet, has also been attributed to McLean, whose work was illustrated in Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet Dictionary, 1803 (pl. 65) (see S. Redburn, 'John McLean and Son', Furniture History, 1978, pls. 34A-B). A similar rosewood chiffonier was sold Christie's, London, 4 June 1998, lot 168.

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    Provenance

    J. F. Bury Esq. Nazeing, Waltham, 1843, according to the letters found concealed within the cabinet.