• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 415

    A WILLIAM AND MARY BURR WALNUT, BURR ASH AND SEAWEED MARQUETRY FALL-FRONT SECRETAIRE-CABINET

    CIRCA 1700

    Price Realised  

    A WILLIAM AND MARY BURR WALNUT, BURR ASH AND SEAWEED MARQUETRY FALL-FRONT SECRETAIRE-CABINET
    CIRCA 1700
    With cushion frieze drawer, the fall-front interior fitted with seaweed marquetry-inlaid drawers and a central cupboard, the fall front with a later leather-lined ratcheted reading surface, the brasses to base replaced, previously with bun feet
    66¼ in. (168.5 cm.) high, 46¼ in. (117.5 cm) wide, 19.5 in. (49.5 cm.) deep


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    The collector J. Annan Bryce (d. 1923) was a Scottish M.P. for Inverness Burghs from 1906-1918. Prior to that, he spent a number of years abroad, first as an East India Merchant and then serving on various councils in Burma, where he cultivated a taste for Eastern bronzes and metalwork. The 1923 sale following his death included treasures from many collecting areas; the catalogue took particular note of his 'valuable and well-known specimens of old English furniture'.

    Provenance

    J. Annan Bryce, Esq., 35 Bryanston Square, Hyde Park, London.
    The late J. Annan Bryce, & Mrs. Bryce, A Catalogue of the entire Contents of the Residence [35 Bryanston Square], conducted by Samuel Wallrock, London, 5-14 November 1923, lot 389 [second day's sale] (illustrated).
    Acquired from Biggs of Maidenhead, Berkshire, 1965.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR AND MRS. CLIFFORD AMBROSE TRUESDELL (LOT 415)


    Literature

    P. Macquoid, The Age of Walnut, London, 1905, p. 133, fig. 123.