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A REGENCY MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT-BOOKCASE

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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN 
A REGENCY MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT-BOOKCASE

BY W. PRIEST

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A REGENCY MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT-BOOKCASE By W. Priest The rectangular later cornice above a plain frieze and three open sections, with arched astragal-glazed doors, each section enclosing four adjustable shelves, the lower sections with a drawer above two panelled doors enclosing three slides, the left side lacking one slide, on a plinth base, stamped four times 'W. PRIEST 1 & 2 TUDOR ST BLACKFRIARS', labelled 'PRIESTS FURNITURE WAREHOUSE 1 & 2 TUDOR STREET BLACKFRIARS', the handles replaced, reduced in size 107 in. (272 cm.) high; 168 in. (427 cm.) wide; 22¼ in. (56.5 cm.) deep
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

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In addition to the Tudor Street address, W. Priest is recorded at 23 Great Charlotte Street and 17 and 24 Water St, Blackfriars between 1837-1839. Much of the furniture marked dates from c. 1790 to the mid-Victorian period, indicating that Priest was most likely a dealer or retailer (The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 717). Similar labels and stamps which feature on the present piece are illustrated in C. Gilbert, The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 384, figs. 753 & 754.

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