The present cabinet, with its arched paneled doors, fretted quatrefoils and trefoils and spired crockets, is representative of the Gothic fashion promoted around 1800 by George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, the court architect James Wyatt (d. 1813) and the prince's 'Upholder extraordinary', George Smith. Its deisgn directly copies a pattern in Smith's Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Decoration of 1808, pl.103.
Smith greatly favored the variety of ornament employed in the Gothic or 'Old English fashion' and offered a vast number of designs in this style. The Gothic aesthetic, with its soaring arches and inherant verticality, was considered particularly effective in large open rooms such as libraries.
Another bookcase of this form was sold in the Cleveden salesrooms, Bristol, 3 May 1990.