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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY WASHSTAND

VAT rate of 17.5% is payable on hammer price and buyer's premium when purchased by non-EU purchasers.
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY WASHSTAND

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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY WASHSTAND The shaped three-quarter gallery inlaid with a shell, above six variously-sized circular holes, together with an additional later removable top, above an arched opening, the spandrels inlaid with the shells, above two mahogany-lined frieze drawers, on square tapering legs with brass caps and castors 44 in. (112 cm.) high; 27½ in. (70 cm.) wide; 20½ (52 cm.) deep
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VAT rate of 17.5% is payable on hammer price and buyer's premium when purchased by non-EU purchasers.

Lot Essay

The shell motif, which was introduced as antique or Roman ornament by G.B. Piranesi's Diverse Maniere d'Ornare I Camini, 1769, first featured in an inlaid elliptic tablet in the 1788 Estimate Sketch Book of Gillows of London and Lancaster. The Water Element, here celebrated by Neptune's triumphal conch shell, provides appropriate tablet ornament for a herm-legged wash-stand, that is designed in the elegant antique manner promoted by Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co.'s The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788.

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