London, South Kensington
7 July 2000
A French kingwood and ormolu-mounted bureau plat, 19th century
In the early Louis XV style, the rectangular top inset with a panel of tooled leather within a moulded brass border with shell foliate clasps to the corners, the arched apron with central recessed drawer centred by a mask flanked by two drawers to either side, with pierced foliate ornament and foliate handles and cabochon key plates, the reverse with similar decoration and dummy drawers, the sides applied with bearded masks with lions heads, on cabriole legs with trailing foliate and C-scroll ornament to shells, palms and terminating in foliate sabots
73in. (186cm.) wide, 38¼in. (97cm.) deep, 31in. (79cm.) high
Sir Julius Wernher, 1st Bt. (1850-1912), Bath House, London, and Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, by whom bequeathed, through his widow
Alice, Lady Wernher, subsequently Lady Ludlow (1862-1945), to their son
Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Bt., G.C.V.O. (1893-1973), Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, in the Saloon, and by descent.
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