A GEORGE I RED, BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED BUREAU-CABINET
A GEORGE I RED, BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED BUREAU-CABINET

Details
A GEORGE I RED, BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED BUREAU-CABINET
Decorated overall with raised japanned decoration of birds and foliage, with simulated trellis and foliate decoration, the front with figure scenes, the domed broken pediment centred by a later acorn finial on a stepped base, the sides of the pediment with further later acorn finials, above a pair of arched doors, each with a Chinese figure, enclosing a fitted interior with eight pigeon-holes, eight folio-racks, eight drawers, six secret drawers and a cupboard enclosing a further four pigeon-holes and a drawer, the reverse of the interior cupboard doors each with a Chinese figure, the reverse of the main doors each with a mirror, above a pair of candle-slides, the lower section with a hinged slope decorated with figures and enclosing a fitted interior with eight variously-sized small drawers, four pigeon-holes, four secret-drawers and a central cupboard, above one long, two short and two long graduated drawers, on ogee bracket feet, the reverse of one interior drawers branded 'TW', the exterior largely redecorated, the main door panels of the cabinet originally on the interior and now reversed, restorations to the decoration
92 in. (234 cm.) high; 41 in. (104 cm.) wide; 23 in. (60.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Sir Geoffrey Selby Church, Bt., (1811-1883).

Lot Essay

The inventory of the 'Blew Mohair Room' at Erddig, Denbighshire lists a related double-domed 'Red Japan Cabinate', whose form and fitments also correspond to those of a cabinet at Penshurst, Sussex (M. Drury, 'Early Eighteenth-Century Furniture at Erddig, Apollo, July 1978, p. 52, pl. 11, and P. Macquoid, A History of Furniture, The Age of Walnut, London, 1905, p. 145, fig. 132). The Erddig cabinet, like its companion black-japanned cabinet, is stamped with the initials 'RF' and has been attributed to the St. Paul's Churchyard cabinet-maker John Belchier. The Erddig and the Penshurst cabinets display fan-bearing figures inside the doors, as originally featured on this cabinet (M. Jourdain, 'Erdigg I', Country Life, 23 August 1930, p. 235, fig. 2). Designed in the early Georgian Roman manner, with a Tuscan arched pediment from Serlio's Architectura, 1540, its ornament derived in part from Messrs. Stalker and Parker's A Treatise of Japanning, Varnishing and Gilding, London, 1688. Its bureau form relates closely to that of a cabinet bearing the label of Giles Grendey (d. 1780) of Aylesbury House, Clerkenwell and dating from around 1740 (C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 247, fig. 447).
;

More from Fine English Furniture

View All
View All