14 June 2001
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
AN EARLY GEORGE III BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED CABINET-ON-STAND
Decorated overall with oriental scenes of foliage and pavilions in landscapes, the doors with a procession of Japanese dignitaries in a landscape, enclosing an interior of variously-sized drawers lined in simulated gilt nashiji, decorated with pavilions and foliage, on a black-painted and parcel-gilt stand with gadrooned border, losses to the japanning, four angle-brackets replaced, with chalk inscription to the reverse 'E4732 X ST GILES HSE' and with old Christie's stock number 'BE861', the underside of the stand with printed Christie's label 'Furniture from St Giles's House June 26th 1980'
60¾ in. (154.5 cm.) high; 38¼ in. (97 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) deep
Almost certainly supplied to Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury (d. 1771) for St Giles's House, Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset and by descent to
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury, sold in these Rooms, 26 June 1980, lot 44 to the present owner.
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The reed-gadrooned edge of the stand corresponds to a design for a french-fashioned serpentine writing-table in Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754-62, plate LXXII.
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