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A GEORGE II COCUS WOOD CHINA CABINET
A GEORGE II COCUS WOOD CHINA CABINET
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A GEORGE II COCUS WOOD CHINA CABINET

CIRCA 1740

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A GEORGE II COCUS WOOD CHINA CABINET
CIRCA 1740
The moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors enclosing three adjustable shelves, each of mahogany edged in cocus, the stand with a mahogany-lined drawer with replaced 'axe head' handles and chamfered legs, branded to the reverse 'W. CORBETT' and signed to the back of the lock, inscribed 'R' to underside
75 in. (191 cm.) high; 41¼ in. (105 cm.) wide; 14½ in. (37 cm.) deep
Provenance
W. Corbett

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The cabinet is veneered in cocus-wood, a hard, dense wood with a chocolate brown heart and yellow sapwood, often referred to, erroneously, as laburnum. It was imported from the West Indies and was often known as West Indian ebony. It was used as a cabinet wood between 1660-1740 and in this case the timber has been sawn lengthways to provide a decoratively striped veneer (see A. Bowett, 'Myths of English Furniture History: Laburnum Wood Furniture', Antique Collecting, June 1998, pp. 22-23).
A cabinet of the same form, described as laburnum, was sold anonymously Sotheby's, London, 15 June 1984, lot 92.

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