5 April 2001
A GEORGE II MAHOGANY BUREAU-CABINET
The rectangular moulded cornice with broken pediment centred by a later platform, above a dentilled cornice, blind fretwork-carved frieze, and a pair of doors with shaped panels enclosing a fitted interior of four short adjustable shelves above a series of pigeon-holes and drawers around a door enclosing a further drawer, the lower section with gilt-tooled burgundy leather-lined writing-surface and a fitted interior of pigeon-holes and drawers around a central door enclosing a further drawer, the drawers with ivory knob handles, above three graduated drawers, on a later moulded plinth and shaped bracket feet, lacking urn from pediment, the handles and locks replaced
96½ in. (245 cm.) high; 42 in. (106.5 cm.) wide; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) deep
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The serpentined panels feature on a clothes-press of the 1740s bearing the trade label of the Clerkenwell cabinet-maker Giles Grendey (d. 1780) (C. Gilbert, The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, Leeds, 1996, fig. 433).
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