15 April 1999
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE CHEST
With a slide above four graduated drawers, flanked by fluted, canted angles, on panelled bracket feet
36 in. (91.5 cm.) high; 42 in. (108.5 cm.) wide; 23 in. (60 cm.) deep
Sir David and Lady Steel, Chinnor Hill Manor, Oxon.
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The same panelled bracket feet appear on a secretaire-tallboy, sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 7 November 1997, lot 50.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘