22 November 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND AMARANTH BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE
LATE 18TH CENTURY
The open-scrolled pediment with moulded cornice above a central pair of glazed doors, with the glazing bars set in a geometric pattern, and flanked by two further doors similarly glazed, each enclosing three adjustable shelves, the lower section centred by a pair of panelled doors, each enclosing two adjustable shelves, and flanked by two banks of four graduated drawers, on a stepped plinth, two panes cracked, the reverse with paper label inscribed 'Bookcase Study'
105 in. (267 cm.) high; 97 in. (246.5 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (54 cm.) deep
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The triumphal-arched and temple-pedimented bookcase has Roman-mosaiced glazing corresponding to a pattern in Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793, pl. 29, no. 5.
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