Sale 20CN03 | Lot 336

George III Mahogany Secretaire-Cabinet on Stand attributed to Thomas Chippendale

Catalogue: English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters / Russian Works of Art
George III Mahogany Secretaire-Cabinet on Stand attributed to Thomas Chippendale

Lot Details

Lot 336
George III Mahogany Secretaire-Cabinet on Stand attributed to Thomas Chippendale
Circa 1770
Of breakfront form, the scrolled pediment with later fretwork panels, centered and flanked by urn finials, the center section fitted with a pair of glazed doors and patera-mounted corners, opening to later glass shelves and flanked by similar doors also opening to shelves, the projecting lower section fitted with a central frieze drawer opening to a leather slide and flanked by drawers, raised on husk-carved tapering square legs headed by paterae and ending in block feet. Height 89 inches (226 cm), width 62 inches (157.5 cm), depth 26 inches (66 cm).

Stair & Co., Inc., New York.
Sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, The Walter P. Chrysler Jr. Collection, April 29, 1960, lot 147.
Partridge (Fine Arts) Ltd., London.
Sold, Sotheby's, New York, April 12-13, 1996, lot 488.
Purchased from the above sale by the present owner.

This secretaire-cabinet exhibits characteristics found in Thomas Chippendale's designs in The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1762, for 'A China Case,' pl. CXXXVI, 'A Lady's Writing Table & Bookcase,' pl. CXVI, and a 'Library Bookcase,' pl. XCV. The present cabinet is similar in outline to the design for the 'China Case.: of breakfront form, the cornice with finials and fitted with glazed doors. However, unlike the present lot, the 'China Case' is in the Chinese taste, with a pagoda cresting, fretwork glazing bars to the doors and blind fret-carved square legs. The present cabinet shares more elements with Chippendale's design for 'A Lady's Writing Table & Bookcase,' whose 'upper Doors are intended for glass,' and a center drawer, 'which hath a Slider covered with a green Cloth, or Spanish leather,' op. cit., p. 14. This design, illustrated in the Director, is an example of Chippendale's burgeoning interest in the neo-classical style. Although Chippendale incorporates remnants of 'Chinese,' 'Gothick' and rococo taste in the 1762 edition of the Director, he is starting to use newly-popular 'Antique' elements. These motifs were advocated by the architect Robert Adam, self-named 'Bob the Roman,' who had spent almost four years on the Grand Tour studying Roman architecture and incorporated elements of Roman design into his work. Adam worked with Chippendale most notably at Harewood House and his influence is seen on the present lot in Chippendale's use of urn-from finials and panels with patera-mounted inset corners to the flanking cabinets, tapering square legs carved with husks and block feet. This cabinet is firmly rooted in neo-classical design both in form and its use of simplified decoration with motifs derived from 'Antique' or classical sources. Cf. two related examples: Christie's, London, The Samuel Messer Collection, December 5, 1991, lot 128, sold again, Christie's, New York, October 23, 2002, lot 29; another, Christie's, New York, October 12, 1990, lot 173, formerly in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Warner.

C Property of a Private Collector, New York

Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Sold for $7,500 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

With previous restorations, center finial and fretwork panels later, color variation to door and drawer fronts - lighter than cornice, scrolling pediment, sides and legs, central drawer sides possibly changed, interior sides appear to have once been fitted with runners, right side of center drawer once fitted for inkwells and now with a patch, side drawers with cedar linings, red wash below three removeable top sections, back right leg with repaired break at top and now with a patch, right side molding replaced, replacements to cockbeading at sides and bottom of right drawer, 3" replacement to veneer below right bottom side of right drawer, all drawer front with two pairs of plugs where formerly fitted with handles, left side molding replaced, age crack to left side at juncture of molding for cabinet, replacements to Greek key ornament, replacements to teardrop ornaments, center legs with metal braces at tops and sides, right side front leg lacking astragal side molding at top, projecting lower section with sunfading, especially to left corner.

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Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Sold for $7,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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