19 April 2001
THE PROPERTY OF A CALIFORNIA COLLECTOR
A GEORGE IV MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT SECRETAIRE-CABINET
The overhanging molded cornice above two pairs of glazed doors enclosing a cream silk-lined interior, each mullion with fruitwood stringing, the base with a secretaire drawer enclosing eight pigeonholes flanked by three cedar-lined satinwood-veneered short drawers above two large drawers faced paired short drawers and with a further short drawer to each side, with Greek-key gilt-tooled black leather writing surface, over a pair of oval-panelled doors enclosing three folio shelves, flanked by similar oval-panelled doors enclosing a range four drawer slides, on a plinth base, with the printed paper label WITH GREAT CARE/From Blowers & Son, Upholsterers/57, & 58 Minster Street, Reading inscribed in faded black ink No. 179 or 180/WM Hale Esq, inscribed in white chalk 3i, lacking drawers, handles possibly later
99in. (251.5cm.) high, 109¾in. (279cm.) wide, 23¾in. (60.5cm.) deep
W.M. Hale, Esq.
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The correct description of this lot should be A George III Mahogany Breakfront Secretaire Cabinet, circa 1790.
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