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A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID ROSEWOOD CHIFFONIER
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A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID ROSEWOOD CHIFFONIER

BY GEORGE OAKLEY, 1819, REDUCED IN DEPTH

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A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID ROSEWOOD CHIFFONIER
BY GEORGE OAKLEY, 1819, REDUCED IN DEPTH
The rectangular superstructure with pierced anthemion three-quarter gallery on baluster columns and mirrored back, the breakfront shelf above a frieze inlaid with foliate panels, and a pair of doors with wire trellis enclosing two adjustable shelves, between reeded pilasters with foliage-carved truss capitals, flanked by open side sections enclosing two adjustable shelves, on a reed-moulded plinth and gadrooned bun feet, the interior of the base section reduced in depth and the backboard replaced
52½ in. (133 cm.) high; 66 in. (167 cm.) wide; 14 in. (35.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Supplied to James Henry Leigh (d. 1823) for Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire by George Oakley in 1819, and by descent.
Literature
G. Beard & C. Gilbert (eds.), Dictionary of English Furniture Makers: 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 660.
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Lot Essay

J. H. Leigh, who had already made other purchases from Oakley since 1813, acquired the bookcase for Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire in 1819, when it was invoiced as 'An elegant Rosewood Commode with Chiffonier top and plate glass at the back' at a cost of £38.
The Stoneleigh bookcase, with trellis-railed doors and Grecian palm-flowered china-rail above a mirror-backed 'chiffonier', has reeded pilasters with palm-wrapped trusses in the early 19th century antique fashion favoured in particular by Gillow of London and Lancaster. The bookcase, with its Louis Quatorze 'boulle' inlay was executed by the Bond Street court cabinet-maker George Oakley (d. 1841), who received mention in 1807 by the German visitor P. A. Memnich as being, 'famous for goods of the latest fashion'; and considered, alongside Gillows, as one of London's 'chief makers and sellers' of furniture and upholstery (E. T. Joy, English Furniture 1800-1850, pp. 122 and 304).

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