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Lot 125
A Regency mahogany and gilt bronze mounted Library Writing Desk
Sold for £66,000 (US$ 106,936) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Regency mahogany and gilt bronze mounted Library Writing Desk
in the French Taste
the rectangular top with rounded pertruding corners and a green leather inset writing surface, the frieze drawer with a kneehole below flanked by two drawers to each side with a similar opposing arrangement of drawers, with panelled sides, on tapering brass fluted legs, brass caps and castors, 174cm wide, 98cm deep, 76cm high.

Footnotes

  • Sir John made his debut on the London stage at the famed London Hippodrome in 1929, in the chorus of 'The 5 o'clock Girl'. He became a familiar figure to countless filmgoers after his motion picture debut in 'The Midshipmaid' in 1933. He appeared in 'Britannia of Billingsgate' (1933), 'The Ghost Camera' (1933), 'Fire over England' and the original version of 'Goodbye Mr Chips' (1939) among many others, before the start of World War II.

    On stage he appeared in Noel Coward's 'Cavalcade' and 'Words & Music' and later stage credits include a season with the Old Vic, 'Of Mice and Men', 'Ross' on Broadway and 'Duet for Two Hands' which was written by his wife, Mary Hayley Bell.

    Sir John won international acclaim as Pip in David Lean's screen version of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations', followed by 'Scott of the Antarctic'(1948), 'So Well Remembered'(1947) and 'The October Man'(1947). Other movie milestones included 'Hobson's Choice'(1954), 'Ice Cold in Alex'(1958), 'Swiss Family Robinson'(1960) and 'Oh What a Lovely War'(1969). In 1971 he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in David Lean's 'Ryan's Daughter'. Sir John received a Knighthood in 1976 for his outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.

    Sir John purchased this writing desk after World War II whilst on vacation in France in 1947. It was his personal desk, in constant use and where he worked on his scripts and wrote his two autobiographies "Up in the Clouds Gentlemen Please'(2002) and 'Still Memories'(2002).

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the measurements are not given in the printed catalogue, they are: Height 76cm., Depth 98cm., Width 174cm.
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