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    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 225

    AN EARLY VICTORIAN IVORY-INLAID BIRD'S-EYE MAPLE, MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY PEDESTAL DRESSING-TABLE

    BY JOHN TURRILL, MID-19TH CENTURY

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    AN EARLY VICTORIAN IVORY-INLAID BIRD'S-EYE MAPLE, MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY PEDESTAL DRESSING-TABLE
    BY JOHN TURRILL, MID-19TH CENTURY
    En-suite to the previous lot, the rectangular galleried top with arched superstructure with a shelf, above a leather-lined surface and three frieze drawers, the sides with green leather-lined tirettes the central drawer with a removable writing-case lined with the original green silk-velvet, the frieze with a drawer at each side, each pedestal with three drawers at the front and three drawers at the side, the drawers mahogany-lined and the handles inlaid with mother-of-pearl, on a moulded plinth with brass castors, the locks stamped 'CHUBBS NEW PATENT, 57 ST PAULS, CHYD, LONDON' and with lock numbers '148366 - 148374', the two upper drawers of each pedestal later lined in green silk-velvet with padded compartments for jewellery, lady's grooming implements and compartments for scent bottles, the back of the central frieze drawer with mother-of-pearl plaque inscribed 'Turrill, Dressing & Writing-Case Maker, 250, Regent Street', the reverse of the superstructure with oval brass plaque engraved 'TURRILL,, Dressing & Writing-Case Maker &c. 250, REGENT STREET, LONDON.'
    47½ in. (120.5 cm.) high; 60½ in. (153.5 cm.) wide; 28 in. (78 cm.) deep


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    John Turrill was established as a stationer at 351 Oxford Street in 1826 and by 1832 he was also at 246 Regent Street. From 1834 until 1856 his business was concentrated at 250 Regent Street and was described as a writing and dressing-case manufacturer (C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 53). Whilst at least two ink-stands are recorded with his maker's mark, nothing of the scale of this dressing-table and mirror is known to have emanated from his workshop.
    It is reputed that this dressing-table and dressing-mirror en suite were included in the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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    Provenance

    By repute, H.R.H. The Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood, Harewood House, Yorkshire.


    Exhibited

    By repute, London, The Great Exhibition, 1851.