8 April 2004,
Price realised USD 11,352
USD 12,000 - USD 18,000
A MAHOGANY WRITING-TABLE
STAMPED W. PREIST, THE TOP 19TH CENTURY, THE BASE OF A LATER DATE
The rounded rectangular top with gilt Greek-key tooled leather-inset and molded edge above an apron with three short drawers to each side, the trestle supports joined by a cross-bar on panelled splayed legs and brass lion paw feet and casters, with a label with ink inscription 2042/G. originally with four legs to the corners and now with later tresle base, the brasses replaced, stamped W.PREIST/122 TUDOR ST. BLACKFRIARS
29in. (74cm.) high, 72¼in. (183cm.) wide, 47½in. (120cm.) deep
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W. Priest is well known as an auctioneer, appraiser and retailer (active 1837-1840) whose trade label appears on furniture dating from the late 18th century through the mid-Victorian era. Labels with the Tudor Street address describe his business as a 'Furniture Warehouse', suggesting that Priest sold furniture secondhand. It has been suggested that he is likely to have specialized in office and library furniture.
The property of Frank and Domna Stanton; Christie's, New York, 13 April 2000, lot 61.
C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture: 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, pp. 45-46.
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