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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 105

    A SUITE OF GEORGE II BRASS-MOUNTED PADOUK FURNITURE

    CIRCA 1740, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN CHANNON

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    A SUITE OF GEORGE II BRASS-MOUNTED PADOUK FURNITURE
    CIRCA 1740, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN CHANNON
    Comprising: a pair of secretaire cabinets-on-stands and a cupboard-on-stand, the pair each with a hinged top enclosing a fitted interior above a fall-front fitted with pigeon-holes and a secret compartment, on square legs; the cupboard with two doors enclosing a fitted interior and secret compartment, on square legs with a further secret compartment to the underside of the stand, veneered on all sides, some reveneering, slight variations in construction of stands
    The pair: 43½ in. (110.5 cm.) high; 20½ in. (52 cm.) wide; 12½ in. (32 cm.) deep
    The cupboard: 45¼ in. (115 cm.) high; 23½ in. (60 cm.) wide; 13¾ in. (35 cm.) deep (3)


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    This elegant and multi-purpose George II bedroom apartment suite comprises a cabinet and a pair of bureau/dressing-chests that are conceived as French secretaires-à-abattant/coffrets bijoux, with their fitted compartments concealed by hinged tops and fronts. Veneered in East Indian padouk and displayed on table-stands that provided appropriate areas for china-vase display, they relate to the contemporary 'India' Japanned lady's 'union suites' such as that supplied in 1739 by the Soho cabinet-maker John Hodson for Blair Castle, Scotland (A. Coleridge, 'John Hodson and some cabinet-makers at Blair Castle', Connoisseur, April 1963, p. 230, fig. 15). Contemporary dressing-rooms, often serving as fashionable reception rooms, were furnished en suite with tea-tables and tea-caddies, such as those with golden ribbon-band inlay and mouldings in the French fashion illustrated by C. Gilbert and T. Murdoch in John Channon and brass-inlaid furniture 1730-1760, London, 1993, pl. XXVII.

    This superbly crafted suite is most likely to have been the work of London's Moravian Brethren, that was focused in the 1740s around such celebrated figures as William Gomm, Abraham Roentgen and Johann Friedrich Hintz (L. Boynton, 'William and Richard Gomm', Burlington Magazine, June 1980, pp.395-400; and L. Boynton, 'The Moravian Brotherhood and the Migration of Furniture Makers in the Eighteenth Century', Furniture History, 1993, pp. 45-58).
    Such furniture, with its 'lady's cabinet', was well-suited to a fashionable London bedroom apartment reception rooms, and is likely to have been commissioned for a member of General Dormer's family, for Rousham, Oxfordshire.

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    Provenance

    Rousham, Bicester, Oxfordshire, sold Mallams, Oxford, 26 May 1999, lot 130, £13,500 (exc. premium).