A GEORGE III BURR-YEW, MAHOGANY AND ENGRAVED MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE
A GEORGE III BURR-YEW, MAHOGANY AND ENGRAVED MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE
A GEORGE III BURR-YEW, MAHOGANY AND ENGRAVED MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE
A GEORGE III BURR-YEW, MAHOGANY AND ENGRAVED MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE
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A GEORGE III BURR-YEW, MAHOGANY AND ENGRAVED MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE

ATTIBUTED TO INCE & MAYHEW, CIRCA 1775

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A GEORGE III BURR-YEW, MAHOGANY AND ENGRAVED MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE
ATTIBUTED TO INCE & MAYHEW, CIRCA 1775
The broken arched cresting surmounted by a later urn finial, inlaid with feathered husks and a patera above a dentilled and faux-fluted frieze, with a pair of astragal-glazed doors with watered silk-lined interior, the base with kingwood crossbanding, secretaire-drawer enclosing a fitted interior above three graduated drawers, on later bracket feet, fitted for electricity
102 ¾ in. (261 cm.) high, 41 in. (104 cm.) wide, 20 in. (51 cm.) deep
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 20 November 1986, lot 175 (with plinth base).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 30 April 1997, lot 126.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 8 April 2004, lot 276.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 14-15 April 2011, lot 523.
Kenneth Neame; Christie's, London, 13 June 2018, lot 94.
Special notice

Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
This lot will be stored at Crozier Park Royal and will be available for collection from 12.00pm on the second business day following the sale. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Crozier Park Royal. All collections from Crozier Park Royal will be by pre-booked appointment only. Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 I Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com.
Sale room notice
Please note that the later urn finial is not shown in the catalogue illustration but is present with the lot.

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Lot Essay


This secretaire-bookcase can be confidently attributed to the pre-eminent cabinet-makers John Ince and William Mayhew. Most significantly, the use of yewwood with ebonized details as featured within the trompe l'oeil flutes of the frieze as well as the display of shaded and engraved marquetry are signature characteristics of their oeuvre. An almost identical cabinet with a simpler pediment was sold from the Collection of Tom Devenish, Sotheby's, New York, 24 April 2012, lot 112 for $73,000 (inc. premium). Paterae wheel medallions are found on a pair of serpentine commodes almost certainly supplied by the firm to the 2nd Viscount Palmerston for Broadlands, Hampshire (H. Roberts, 'Furniture at Broadlands -II,' Country Life, 5 February 1981, p. 347, fig. 3). A similarly fluted frieze features on a satinwood and marquetry breakfront attributed to the firm and sold '50 Years of Collecting: The Decorative Arts of Georgian England,' Christie's, London, 14 May 2003, lot 40, as well as on the Monson commode. A pair of mahogany bookcases by Ince & Mayhew with carved fluted friezes was purchased by the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother for Clarence House from Olantigh, Kent. One of these appears in a photograph of the refurbished Lancaster Room, M. Hogg, 'Clarence House,' The World of Interiors, October 2003, p. 199.
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