Lot Content

COVID-19 Important notice Read More
A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD, BURR-YEW, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE
A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD, BURR-YEW, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE
A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD, BURR-YEW, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE
A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD, BURR-YEW, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE
3 More

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.
Specified lots are being stored at Crozier Park Royal (details below) or will be removed from Christie’s, 8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT by 5.00pm on the day of the sale. Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. If the lot is at has been transferred to Crozier Park Royal, it 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 Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com. If the lot remains at Christie’s, 8 King Street, it will be available for collection on any working day (not weekends) from 9.00am to 5.00pm
Cancellation under the EU Consumer Rights Directive may apply to this lot. Please see here for further information.
A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD, BURR-YEW, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE

ATTRIBUTED TO INCE AND MAYHEW, LATE 18TH CENTURY

Details
A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD, BURR-YEW, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE ATTRIBUTED TO INCE AND MAYHEW, LATE 18TH CENTURY Crossbanded overall in tulipwood, the moulded and dentil cornice with an arched central pediment inlaid with Erato in ivory and ribbon-tied swags above a frieze with simulated stop-fluting and roundels, the crossbanded and astragal glazed doors enclosing three long and six short adjustable baize-lined later shelves, the base inlaid with husk-wreathed oval panels, with one double door to the right enclosing two slides and two shelves, the left-hand door enclosing three graduated drawers, on a mahogany plinth base, the backboards inscribed in pencil 'TOWER', two slides missing, shrinkage splits to lower doors, the shelf re-veneered in satin birch, three panes cracked 100 in. (254 cm.) high; 81½ in. (207 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep
Provenance
Almost certainly supplied to Christopher Tower (d. 1810), Weald Hall, Brentwood, Essex and by descent.
Weald Hall, Alfred Savill & Sons house sale, 1-13 July 1946, lot 431; retained by the Tower family following the sale.
The property of the late Miss Pamela Tower, formerly at Weald Hall, Essex; sold Christie's, London, 19 November 2009, lot 80.
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.
Specified lots are being stored at Crozier Park Royal (details below) or will be removed from Christie’s, 8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT by 5.00pm on the day of the sale. Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. If the lot is at has been transferred to Crozier Park Royal, it 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 Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com. If the lot remains at Christie’s, 8 King Street, it will be available for collection on any working day (not weekends) from 9.00am to 5.00pm
Cancellation under the EU Consumer Rights Directive may apply to this lot. Please see here for further information.

Brought to you by

Amelia Walker
Amelia Walker Private & Iconic Collections

Check the condition report or get in touch for additional information about this

Condition Report

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View Condition Report

Lot Essay


The satinwood bookcase displays a number of features closely associated with the cabinet-making partnership of William Ince (1737-1804) and John Mayhew (1736-1811) of Broad Street, Soho. The same Muse figure features in a painted medallion embellishing a tambour writing-table formerly at Durdans, Epsom (L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, p. 229, fig. 215). Ince and Mayhew also favoured the use of richly-figured yew veneer, as seen on a bureau-writing-table at Burghley, Lincolnshire. An arched pediment featured on a mahogany bookcase also attributed to the firm ('Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy; Christie's, London, 20 Novenber 2009, lot 90).

WEALD HALL
Weald Hall was purchased by Thomas Tower (1700-78) in 1759. He died unmarried and the house passed to his nephew Christopher Tower (d. 1810) of Huntsmoor Park, Buckinghamshire, in 1778. In October and November of that year, the celebrated architect-designer, Robert Adam (1728-92), was engaged to refurbish the interiors including designing ‘fresh decorations for the new ‘eating-room’ to the left of the great hall (‘Weald Hall, Essex: The seat of Mr Christopher Tower’, Country Life, 3 October 1914, p. 456). The extant Adam drawings in the Soane museum include twenty-one designs for alterations to the house including designs for the interior decoration of the saloon, drawing room and dining room, and preliminary designs for a table and curtain cornice for the dining room. From 1764, Ince and Mayhew worked with Adam on several notable commissions, culminating in their 'ability to produce very early on furniture in the most startling advanced Neo-classical taste' (G. Beard, C. Gilbert, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 592). Their joint commissions included Coventry House, Piccadilly and Croome Court for the 6th Earl of Coventry followed by work at Sherborne Castle, Audley End, Shelburne House, Northumberland House, Kimbolton and Derby House.

THE ICONOGRAPHY
The bookcase celebrates lyric poetry and is designed in the elegant George III 'Roman' fashion of the 1770s. Its triumphal-arched temple pediment, intended to be crowned by sacred urns, has its tympanum labelled with a beribboned medallion of Erato, the lyre-playing Muse of Love Poetry and Mount Parnassus companion of Apollo as leader of Artistic Inspiration. Its architecture corresponds to that of a 'Design for [a bookcase] for a Gentleman's Villa', illustrated in 1774 in John Carter's, Builder's Magazine (see E. White, Pictorial Dictionary of British 18th Century Furniture Designs, Woodbridge, 1990, p. 243). Its 'commode' base is mosaic-parquetry with golden Apollonian laurels enwreathing Roman medallions of burr-yew, such as featured on a pattern for an urn-capped 'Lady's Secretary and Library' published the following year in Thomas Malton's Compleat Treatise on Perspective, 1775 (ibid., p. 228).

The glazing pattern was invented and engraved in 1753 by the St. Martin's Lane cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) and featured in his Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 3rd edition, 1762, plate XC.

More From Apter-Fredericks: 75 Years of Important English Furniture

View All