• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 113

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY ARCHITECT'S FOLIO CABINET

    POSSIBLY BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1815

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY ARCHITECT'S FOLIO CABINET
    POSSIBLY BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1815
    Raised with bifold adjustable action and folding book support with twin removable bookrests, the brass-mounted cupboard doors opening to four adjustable shelves
    31¾ in. (81.5 cm.) high, 33¾ in. (85.5 cm.) wide, 25½ in. (65 cm.) deep


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    Portfolio cabinets with hinged and ratcheted tops were fashionable library furnishings during the early 19th century. Gillow's Estimate Sketch Book for August 1836 included a closely related design (no. 5106), its selling price listed as 13.2.6. One such portfolio cabinet in this design by Gillows of Lancaster was sold Mere Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire, Christie's, 23 May 1994, lot 196.

    Another of this form with Greek key ebony details was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 21 October 1999, lot 245.