• The Sunday Sale - Property fro auction at Christies

    Sale 5974

    The Sunday Sale - Property from the Academy of Medical Sciences, removed from 41 Portland Place, W1 and The Robert Harling Collection

    13 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 47

    A REGENCY SATINWOOD LIBRARY BOOKCASE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, FORMERLY FITTED AND SUBSEQUENTLY ALTERED IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY SATINWOOD LIBRARY BOOKCASE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, FORMERLY FITTED AND SUBSEQUENTLY ALTERED IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    In three sections, with gilt-brass mouldings, the upper section enclosed by glazed wire-grille doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the lower sections with panelled doors on a plinth base, the reverse with a depository label for the Pantechnicon, Belgravia Square SW1, inscribed 'LORD J. CHURCHILL 7/5/98 (?) NO. 2', the ends re-veneered, the flanking sections increased in depth and with further restoration and replacements
    108 in. (274 cm.) high; 134 in. (240 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43 cm.) deep


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    The handsome bookcase, with its fluted pilasters enriched with golden Pompeian-pillars and flowered bas-relief tablets, reflect the French/antique fashion promoted around 1800 and popularised by the connoisseur Thomas Hopes Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807. Intended to evoke lyric-poetrys triumph, their doors are mosaic-parquetried in rayed lozenge compartments recalling Romes Temple of Venus; while their flowered cornices display palm-enriched libation-paterae recalling the sun-god Apollo, as Mt. Parnssus poetry deity. Related architecture and ornament featured on a contemporary mahogany bookcase bearing the label of the Fleet Street upholsterers and cabinet-makers [Robert] Herring & Son.. They are recorded as trading from no. 109 between 1784 and 1839 (see C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, Leeds, 1996, fig.491)

    With the bookcase's robust 'antique' architecture and 'Churchill' label, it may have been commissioned around 1815 by the bibliophile George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough (d.1840), and housed part of the celebrated library at White Knights, Berkshire, which he aggrandised with the assistance of the architect John Buonarotti Papworth (d. 1847).

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Lord J. Churchill
    Supplied by Green & Abbott Ltd., Wigmore Street, London 31 December 1948 for £190.