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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    A REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED OAK, BROWN OAK AND MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT-BOOKCASE

    IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE BULLOCK, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED OAK, BROWN OAK AND MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT-BOOKCASE
    IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE BULLOCK, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The triangular central pediment inlaid with a palm issuing stylised foliage with palm acroteria above an acanthus-cast cornice and quatrefoil-inlaid frieze, above a pair of glazed doors enclosing two adjustable shelves flanked by conforming side doors above a green marble shelf (possibly Mona), a pair of panelled doors in the base enclosing ten mahogany-lined drawers, with convex quarter-fillets, with conforming side doors each enclosing two adjustable shelves
    84¼ in. (214 cm.) high; 88½ in. (225 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (55 cm.) deep


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    This bookcase, executed in accordance with a design preserved in the Wilkinson tracings (p.98), provides an illustration of Bullock's well documented promotion of native materials which, whether motivated by patriotism or pragmatism, capitalised on the mood of the day as the Napoleonic Wars raged. As his obituary, published in Annals of the Fine Arts (VIII, 1819, pp. 321-322) remarks, 'His borders were generally designed from nature with exquisite taste, and his eye for the harmony of colour, was excessively remarkable.'

    The foliate marquetry decorating the corners of the doors and the ears of the pediment, follow designs from the tracings, p.211 and p.143 respectively, as does the gilt-bronze frieze, p. 210, also found on a Bullock side cabinet sold anonymously, Sotheby's, London, 19 November 1993, lot 141. While the central pediment design is not matched exactly to any design found in the tracings, it is closely related to a similar design recorded there: p. 149. The green 'marble', which tops the lower section, appears to be 'Mona Marble', a stone which closely resembles marble when polished, acquired by Bullock from the quarry he purchased on Anglesey.

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    Provenance

    Bought from Anthony James & Son, July 2000.