8 June 2006
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY QUARTET MUSIC-CABINET
THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
The rectangular crossbanded top enclosing four hinged flaps, opening outwards to become music stands, with hinged music rests and brass music holders, above two crossbanded doors enclosing a blank interior space previously with a shelf, on squared tapering legs with later brass caps and castors, a typed depository label to the reverse 'ARCHER COWLEY & CO. LTD.', inscribed 'NO. 5, ST. HILDA'S'
36¼ in. (92 cm.) high; 26½ in. (67.5 cm.) wide; 15¼ in. (39 cm.) deep
St. Hilda's College, Oxford.
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The moveable music Canterbury commode-table, fitted with sufficient hinged rests for a music quartet, is supported on elegant taper hermed legs in the fashion popularised by Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co's, Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788.
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