Large Chinese bureau
Lot 201
Large Chinese bureau
Sold for £4,700 (US$ 7,370) inc. premium

Lot Details
A VERY RARE CHINESE EXPORT ROSEWOOD BLOCKED FALL-FRONT BUREAU

Footnotes

  • It is exceptionally rare to find Chinese rosewood furniture so closely copying a European prototype. This distinctive design is now most often believed to be an American design since much block-fronted furniture was made in New England (for example, at the Townsend-Goddard workshop) and in Philadelphia. Never the less the elaborately-recessed block panelling is a European invention, dating from the middle decades of the 18th Century. A number of these splendid Export market bureaux are also known with cabinets on top; see for example the magnificent bureau-bookcase formerly owned by David Stockwell Inc., illustrated by Carl Crossman, The Decorative Arts of the China Trade, col.pl.77. A desk very similar to the present lot, but with a panelled fall lacking the horizontal strip on the front to support a book or album, is also illustrated by Crossman, op.cit., Colour frontispiece and Col.pl.76, from the collection of Mr and Mrs Michael Treacy
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