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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 274

    A REGENCY SATINWOOD AND CALAMANDER DRESSING-TABLE

    BY GEORGE OAKLEY, CIRCA 1810

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    A REGENCY SATINWOOD AND CALAMANDER DRESSING-TABLE
    BY GEORGE OAKLEY, CIRCA 1810
    The rectangular top crossbanded with calamander and inlaid with ebonised stringing over a fitted drawer flanked by two tiers of three drawers on ring-turned legs joined by a shaped shelf and with brass capped castors
    33¼ in. (84.5 cm.) high; 54 in. (137 cm.) wide; 22½ in. (56.5 cm.) deep


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    Thomas Sheraton in The Cabinet Dictionary, London, 1803, p.202, described the dressing-chest as 'a small case of drawers...the uppermost of which is divided into conveniencies for dressing...there is sometimes a knee hole in the front...if they sit to dress, there must either be a dressing drawer to draw out, or a knee hole in the front when the dressing part is in a well under the top'. George Oakley, 'the most tasteful of the London cabinet-makers', was a subscriber to Sheraton's Dictionary.

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    Provenance

    Supplied by George Oakley to Charles Madryll Cheere, Papworth Hall, Cambridge circa 1810.
    Thence by descent to Mrs. Stileman.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's New York, 22 April 1989, lot 91.
    Acquired from H. Blairman & Sons, 26 May 1989.


    Literature

    R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. edn., 1954, vol., III, p. 232, fig. 26.
    M. Jourdain, Regency Furniture 1795-1830, rev. edn., 1965, fig. 246.
    C. Gilbert, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 660.