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A REGENCY BRASS AND EBONY-INLAID MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD
A REGENCY BRASS AND EBONY-INLAID MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD

IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE OAKLEY, CIRCA 1820

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A REGENCY BRASS AND EBONY-INLAID MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD
IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE OAKLEY, CIRCA 1820
The shaped D-form top over one long and two short frieze drawers above turned tapering reeded spiral-twist legs, with chalk inscription to reverse 10C, mounts replaced, originally with pulls and further mounts to drawer fronts
36 in. (91.5 cm.) high, 84 in. (213.5 cm.) wide, 29¾ in. (76 cm.) deep
Provenance
with Hyde Park, New York.

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This sideboard, with its ebony and brass inlay recalls the work of George Oakley, whose firm produced fashionable furniture in the 'Grecian' style, specializing in 'buhl' inlay, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (C. Gilbert and G. Beard, eds., Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, pp.658-660). Listed at various locations from 1789 to 1819, the firm's popular designs and quality craftsmanship earned them royal patronage in addition to private commissions.

The geometric brass frieze inlay, with contrasting ebony timber, relates to a chiffoniere attributed to Oakley sold anonymously; Christie's, New York, 23 October 2002, lot 17. Comparable inlay can also be found on a sideboard attributed to Oakley, sold from the Collection of Mrs. Sydell Ballon and the Estate of Frederick Ballon; Christie's, New York, 9 April 2003, lot 27.
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