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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 167

    A REGENCY GONCALO ALVES CHEST

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY GONCALO ALVES CHEST
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The rounded rectangular top above ten graduated drawers with beaded mouldings, part goncalo alves drawer-linings and convex quarter fillets, flanked by reeded uprights on gadrooned bun feet, the handles largely replaced, the reverse with chalk inscription '126ZR'
    60½ in. (153.5 cm.) high; 33¼ in (84.5 cm.) wide; 24¾ in (63 cm.) deep


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    The Pompeian-pillared and reed-enriched chest of graduated and beautifully figured goncalo alves drawers is conceived in the early nineteenth century French/antique fashion. And, appropriate for a bedroom apartment, its Grecian plinth-supported and urn-capped pillars evoke poetic 'sacrifices at love's altar in antiquity'. The fashion for such 'Double Chest of Drawers' was popularised by George Smith's, Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1808 (pl. 131); while the pillars can be related to Smith's antique and urn-capped 'candelabra' pattern (ibid. pls. 175 and 139). Its robust architecture relates in particular to the fashion adopted around 1814 for 'Grecian' furniture executed by the celebrated Edinburgh cabinet-maker William Trotter (see F. Bamford, A Dictionary of Edinburgh Furniture Makers, Leeds, 1983, pp. 115-122).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 165-169)