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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 274

    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED OAK BOOKCASE

    ATTRIBUTED TO MARSH AND TATHAM

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    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED OAK BOOKCASE
    Attributed to Marsh and Tatham
    The rectangular associated bleu turquin marble top above a moulded frieze and a pair of glazed doors surrounded by parcel-gilt egg-and-dart border, enclosing three later shelves to each side, flanked by pilasters with lotus-leaf capitals, on a plinth base, with fragmentary paper label inscribed in ink 981...ease, the cornice later, previously fitted
    45 in. (114 cm.) high; 66 in. (168 cm.) wide; 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep


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    This 'Carlton House' patterned bookcase/commode is veneered in 'British' oak and enriched with marble and bronze. It reflects the French/antique manner adopted around 1805 for the Library furnishings of the London mansion of George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV. Its Grecian character, with stepped plinth, reed-wrapped pilasters and broad paned glazing, relates to the Prince's 'yew tree' cabinets supplied in 1806 by the Mount Street firm of Marsh and Tatham; while its palm-flowered capitals featured on the Prince's desk supplied by the firm in 1811, trading as 'Tatham, Bailey and Saunders'. The Prince's library furniture was later introduced by Morel and Seddon in their 1820s furnishing of George IV's Windsor Castle (H. Roberts, For the King's Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle, London, 2001, p. 312, fig. 379 and p. 341 fig. 423).

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