• Christie's Interiors auction at Christies

    Sale 5919

    Christie's Interiors

    8 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 46

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY BOOKCASE

    BY W. PRIEST, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A REGENCY MAHOGANY BOOKCASE
    BY W. PRIEST, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Later cornice to the upper section above astragal glazed doors enclosing compartments, the base with a bank of fifteen small drawers, stamped to three times to the three drawers 'W.PRIEST, 17 & 24.WATER ST. BLACKFRIARS'' and a makers label to back of one drawer, restorations
    100 in. (255 cm.) high; 41 in. (104 cm.) wide; 16 in. (42 cm.) deep


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    In addition to their Tudor Street address, W. Priest is recorded at 23 Great Charlotte Street and 17 and 24 Water St, Blackfriars between 1837-1839. Much of the furniture marked dates from c. 1790 to the mid-Victorian period, indicating that Priest was most likely a dealer or retailer (The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 717). Similar labels and stamps which feature on the present piece are illustrated in C. Gilbert, The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 384, figs. 753 & 754.

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