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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 680

    A VICTORIAN SATIN-BIRCH BREAKFRONT WARDROBE

    CIRCA 1850

    Price Realised  

    A VICTORIAN SATIN-BIRCH BREAKFRONT WARDROBE
    CIRCA 1850
    The moulded breakfront cornice above a pair of doors enclosing three linen-slides, a pair of short drawers and three graduated long drawers, flanked by a cupboard door to either side with hanging rails, on plinth base, with various numbered labels, handles replaced, some drawers refitted
    93 in. (236 cm.) high; 93½ in. (237.5 cm.) wide; 24¾ in. (63 cm.) deep


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    This wardrobe was likely acquired for Luton Hoo circa 1903 upon the estate's acquisition by the diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher. Wernher bought it from John Leigh, who in turn had purchased it in 1848, five years after a devastating fire destroyed most of the Robert Adam and Robert Smirke features and contents belonging to John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Marquess of Bute (1793-1848), in 1843.

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    Provenance

    Acquired by Sir Julius Wernher Bt., for Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire and by descent to the Late Nicholas Phillips, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire;
    Acquired from Piers von Westenholz, London.