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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 137

    AN EARLY VICTORIAN OAK LIBRARY DESK

    MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    AN EARLY VICTORIAN OAK LIBRARY DESK
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    The octagonal top with moulded edge, above a frieze fitted with four drawers and four simulated drawers, on two pedestals with carved panelled sides, each with a door enclosing one shelf, on moulded plinth base, each drawer numbered in pencil 'one, two, three, four', previously with castors
    30 in. (76 cm.) high; 48½ in. (123 cm.) square


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    The antiquarian oak library table, combining Elizabethan and French/antique taste in the eclectic William IV manner, has an octagon compartment top; while the sunk tablets of its conforming plinth-supported 'commode' pedestals, flanking a central recess, are sculpted with gothic ornament. Likewise, the table's frieze drawers have sculpted bas relief escutcheons, in place of ormolu, while the 'commodes' display heraldic escutcheons flanking end tablets that are cusped and quatrefoiled in Louis Douze fashion as popularised by A. W. Pugin's, Details of Ancient Timber Houses of the 15th and 16th Centuries, 1836. An early Victorian oak library desk with similar panelled sides and canted pedestals was recently sold, 'Fasque: The Scottish Seat of the Gladstones', Christie's house sale, London, 7 May 2008, lot 28 (£20,900 including premium).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 137-139)