A WILLIAM AND MARY WALNUT AND SEAWEED-MARQUETRY BUREAU-ON-STAND
A WILLIAM AND MARY WALNUT AND SEAWEED-MARQUETRY BUREAU-ON-STAND

POSSIBLY BY GERRIT JENSEN

Details
A WILLIAM AND MARY WALNUT AND SEAWEED-MARQUETRY BUREAU-ON-STAND
Possibly by Gerrit Jensen
Foliate-banded overall and inlaid with shaped seaweed marquetry panels, the hinged slope enclosing a fitted interior with drawer and pigeon-holes around a red leather writing-surface, above two short and one long drawer, on square tapering legs with pinched necks and joined by a waved X-shaped stretcher, centred by a later turned finial, on bun feet, minor restorations to veneer
36 in. (93.5 cm.) high; 24 in. (61 cm.) wide; 17 in. (44.5 cm.) deep
Literature
The Connoisseur, February 1979, (Trade advertisement, Wellington Antiques).

Lot Essay

This rare bureau, with particularly fine mosaic compartments of filigreed foliage of acanthus-wrapped ribbons in the Louis Quatorze manner, relates closely to one sold by Sir John Ramsden, Bt., in these Rooms, 23 May 1932, lot 92.
Similarly shaped marquetry compartments feature on the doors of a cabinet from the collection of Captain H.L. Bucknall, sold in these Rooms, 29 March 1984, lot 165. They also feature on the door of a cabinet commissioned by Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset (d. 1748), and likely to have been part of the furniture for which Gerrit Jensen (d. 1715), 'Cabinet Maker in Ordinary' to William III and Mary II, received seven payments in 1690-91. Jensen specialised in such 'fine Markatree' and 'Inlay in wallnuttree' (Dr. C. Shrimpton et al., Syon Park, 1998, p. 28; G. Jackson-Stops, 'Furniture at Petworth', Apollo, May 1977, p. 369, and The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 486).
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