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    Sale 5370

    Christie's Interiors

    11 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 352

    AN CHINESE-EXPORT ROSEWOOD BUREAU BOOKCASE

    MID 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN CHINESE-EXPORT ROSEWOOD BUREAU BOOKCASE
    MID 19TH CENTURY
    Divided into two sections, astragal glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelving above fall front with fitted interior, brass carrying handles to sides
    82¼ in. (209 cm.) high; 39 in. (99 cm.) wide; 20¼ in. (51.5 cm.) deep


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    A similar bureau made for the English market is discussed by Carl Crossman, see page 220, The Decorative Arts of The China Trade, Antique Collectors' Club 2004. Bureau bookcases are among examples made for export in Cantonese workshops, predominately from the 1730's onwards for English, Dutch, Swedish, Danish and later American markets. Designed to be portable, these were constructed with indigenious hardwood timbers, e.g. padouk, rosewood, teak and camphor.

    Special Notice

    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


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the silver plaque described in this lot is to be sold with lot 653.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF LADY BARBIROLLI