A Regency ebony, scarlet tortoiseshell and brass marquetry Desk Set attributed to George Bullock
Lot 143Y
A Regency ebony, scarlet tortoiseshell and brass marquetry Desk Set attributed to George Bullock
Sold for £3,600 (US$ 5,640) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Regency ebony, scarlet tortoiseshell and brass marquetry Desk Set
attributed to George Bullock
inlaid in premiere and contre partie with stylised hop-flowers and trailing vine leaves, the rounded rectangular shaped tray with four divisions, together with two hobnail cut glass ink pots, with engine turned brass lids with stylised tortoiseshell marquetry flowerheads, 35cm wide, (13.5" wide,

Footnotes

  • A similar inkstand in ebony and inlaid in ivory can be seen illustrated in the Blairman's publication, George Bullock, Cabinet-Maker, figure 24, it was described in a bill which formed part of the Tew Archive invoiced by Bullock to Matthew Robinson Boulton in 1817. The designs for the side panels, which are identical to the inkstand offered can be found in Wilkinson's Tracings, (p.123 and unbound numbers 241,242 and 249).

    There were apparently several lots in the catalogue of the Bullock Sale of 1819 described as a 'tray-shaped inkstand' and in various finishes. Martin Levy notes a rosewood and brass inlaid example also in contre-partie on the London market in 1987, but without carrying handles (as shown here) and bottles. Another example, of circular form, was sold Christies, London, 23 April 2009, lot 1 (£8500). This ink stand was also in scarlet tortoiseshell and brass, but with mother-of-pearl inlay and lacking bottles. It was noted that the circular pattern could have been created for Queen Charlotte as she was a visitor to Bullock's establishment at the Grecian Rooms, Piccadilly in 1812. A similar example described as 'A very sumptuous circular ink stand, of the late George Bullock's Buhl manufacture with richly cut glass' was included in the Queen's effects sold anonymously, Christie's, London as 'The Remaining part of a valuable Collection of Curiosities (works of art)...' 24-26 May 1819, lot 38.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot contains tortoiseshell and will be subject to CITES regulations if imported outside the EU.
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