The Property of SIR JOHN HOWARD-LAWSON, Bt. (Lots 148-150)
A REGENCY BRONZE-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND EBONISED COLLECTORS' CABINET-ON-STAND, the cabinet with three-quarter galleried rectangular top above a pair of panelled doors with re-entrant corners and central laurel wreath, enclosing thirty-eight mahogany-lined dawers containing impressions of seals, the base with hinged fall-front simulated as a drawer and mounted with swans and roundels, enclosing six further drawers containing seals, on tapering octagonal legs and brass caps and castors

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A REGENCY BRONZE-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND EBONISED COLLECTORS' CABINET-ON-STAND, the cabinet with three-quarter galleried rectangular top above a pair of panelled doors with re-entrant corners and central laurel wreath, enclosing thirty-eight mahogany-lined dawers containing impressions of seals, the base with hinged fall-front simulated as a drawer and mounted with swans and roundels, enclosing six further drawers containing seals, on tapering octagonal legs and brass caps and castors
46½in. (118cm.) wide; 64½in. (164cm.) high; 23¼in. (59cm.) deep

Lot Essay

The medal-cabinet is designed in the early 19th Century 'Grecian' manner, with stepped cornice and bas-relief enrichments comprising poetic trophies. The wreaths derive from the frieze of a Grecian temple illlustrated by James Stuart in his Antiquities of Athens, 1762, while the swan tablet corresponds to contemporary French mounts, such as one on a commode by the Jacob brothers, sold anonymously, Christie's New York, 8 May 1991, lot 140
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