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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (Lots 210-211)
A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CHIFFONIER in the manner of John McLean and inlaid with boxwood lines, the superstructure with rectangular three-quarter galleried top above an open shelf with trellis-pierced sides and two drawers, the base with trellis-fronted long drawer flanked by ribbed panels above a pair of panelled doors with rounded angles and enclosing an adjustable shelf, flanked by fluted pilasters and on ring-turned tapering feet, restorations and later back

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A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD CHIFFONIER in the manner of John McLean and inlaid with boxwood lines, the superstructure with rectangular three-quarter galleried top above an open shelf with trellis-pierced sides and two drawers, the base with trellis-fronted long drawer flanked by ribbed panels above a pair of panelled doors with rounded angles and enclosing an adjustable shelf, flanked by fluted pilasters and on ring-turned tapering feet, restorations and later back
32in. (81.5cm.) wide; 51in. (129.5cm.) high; 14in. (36cm.) deep
Provenance
The late Mrs Robert Tritton, Godmersham Park, Kent, sold Christie's house sale, 6-9 June 1983, lot 274

Lot Essay

The cabinet, designed in the late 18th century 'antique' style features a 'commode' base with fluted pilasters, trellised frieze and hollowed corner panels accompanied by a recessed cabinet of bookshelves and drawers of a type named 'sheveret' in Messrs. Gillow's sketch of a work-table in 1790. The 'sheveret' appears on a pattern for a related 'Lady's Secretary' in Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book, London, 1793-4, pl. 43, and on related cabinets attributed to John McLean (d. 1825) of Marylebone Street. The latter's work was acknowledged by Sheraton in his Cabinet Dictionary, 1803 (see: S. Redburn, 'John McLean and Son', Furniture History, 1978, pp. 31-37)
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