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AN EDWARDIAN CREAM-PAINTED GLAZED CHINA CABINET
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AN EDWARDIAN CREAM-PAINTED GLAZED CHINA CABINET

ALMOST CERTAINLY DESIGNED BY SIR EDWIN LUTYENS, CIRCA 1908

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AN EDWARDIAN CREAM-PAINTED GLAZED CHINA CABINET
ALMOST CERTAINLY DESIGNED BY SIR EDWIN LUTYENS, CIRCA 1908
Conceived as a hanging shelves attached to the wall through the back, with moulded cornice and enclosed by two pairs of glazed cushion astragal doors fitted with shelves, traces of original green paint
42 in. (107 cm.) high, 64¾ in. (164.5 cm.) wide, 11¾ in. (30 cm.) deep
Provenance
Supplied to Princess Dolgorouki for Nashdom, Buckinghamshire, sold Mallams House sale, 7 October 1987, lot 299.
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Lot Essay

The heiress Miss Wilson married a Russian prince to become Princess Alexis Dolgorouki. Renowned for her love of entertaining, she wanted a house in the Thames Valley for weekend river parties and it was to Sir Edwin Lutyens that she turned as architect for the site at Taplow, Buckinghamshire. Lutyens achieved his brief briliantly at Nashdom between 1906-1908, not by the expenditure of vast sums of money, but by brilliant manipulation of space and levels. In effect, he created a whitewashed brick palace that was a classical villa of which Nash would have been proud.

These shelves, with their distinctive knopped wooden handles and demi-lune glazing bars, relate directly to fitted furniture designed by Lutyens and still in situ at Nashdom. Amusingly, it still retains the fragrant smell of scent powder, for which purpose it was removed to the stables at Nashdom for use by the monks!
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