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    Sale 2042

    Important English Furniture

    17 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 85

    AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY LINEN-PRESS

    CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY LINEN-PRESS
    CIRCA 1750
    The upper portion with shelves, the central frieze drawer divided, the right frieze drawer stamped 'WS' three times, the base with shipping label 'MSSRS. LEWIS'S LTD., RANELAGH STREET, LIVERPOOL'
    96 in. (244 cm.) high, 53½ in. (136 cm.) wide, 24½ in. (62 cm.) deep


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    This large architectural cabinet is very similar to one that was previously at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick and was probably made for Windham Quin (1717-1789) around the time of his marriage in 1748. Its Palladian triumphal-arch form is only relieved by the rococo cartouche on the pediment. The doors display richly-figured mahogany panels. The small drawers flanking a long drawer on the chest section is a common feature on Irish chests. A related Irish bureau-cabinet with quarter columns was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 2 February 1991, lot 228 (see The Knight of Glin and J. Peill, Irish Furniture, New Haven and London, 2007, pp. 121, fig. 164 and p. 254, cat. no. 200). The use of quarter columns on the lower section is traditionally associated with furniture from the north of England. The present lot has a Liverpool shipping label which suggests it was shipped to or from Ireland via Liverpool.

    Saleroom Notice

    The correct height of the linen press is 107 inches (272 cm.)


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR