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    Sale 5971

    An English Look - Robert Kime, Piers von Westenholz, David Bedale and James Graham-Stewart

    8 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 364


    CIRCA 1840

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1840
    Surmounted by a Viscount's coronet flanked by lion supporters, above a pair of strapwork-panelled doors applied with 17th century carved figures of a gentleman and a lady flanked by Solomonic half-columns, enclosing a cotton-lined interior with brass hanging-rail, on a shaped plinth
    86 in. (227 cm.) high; 78 in (198 cm.) wide; 24 in. (62 cm.) deep

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    The wardrobe is likely to have been commissioned at the time of Mary Frances Grosvenor's marriage in 1842 to Thomas, 6th Earl of Macclesfield. Amongst the principal architects promoting a 'revived domestic gothic' or antiquarian furnishings was Anthony Salvin (d.1881), who fused Tudor-Elizabethan with Jacobean and Stuart elements in furniture designed in the late 1820s for Mamhead, Devon. The library designed for John, Earl of Erne by Edward Blore at Crom Castle, Ireland, in the mid-1840s, combines Solomonic columns with applied shaped panels in a very similar style (H. Montgomery Massingberd and C.S. Sykes, Great Houses of Ireland, London, 1999, pp. 62-3). Apart from Salvin and Blore, a third early Victorian exponent of this antiquarian idiom was William Burn (1789-1870) who was employed at Shirburn in 1863 to build the stables (H. Colvin, Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, London, 3rd. ed., 1995, p. 191).

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    Thomas Parker (d.1896), 6th Earl of Macclesfield, Shirburn Castle and by descent until sold Christie's King Street, 4 March 2004, lot 21 where purchased by Piers von Westenholz.