A Regency rosewood brass inlaid and carved giltwood side cabinet, circa 1817   attributed to George Bullock
Lot 472
A Regency rosewood brass inlaid and carved giltwood side cabinet, circa 1817 attributed to George Bullock
Sold for £15,600 (US$ 25,860) inc. premium
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A Regency rosewood brass inlaid and carved giltwood side cabinet, circa 1817   attributed to George Bullock A Regency rosewood brass inlaid and carved giltwood side cabinet, circa 1817   attributed to George Bullock A Regency rosewood brass inlaid and carved giltwood side cabinet, circa 1817   attributed to George Bullock A Regency rosewood brass inlaid and carved giltwood side cabinet, circa 1817   attributed to George Bullock A Regency rosewood brass inlaid and carved giltwood side cabinet, circa 1817   attributed to George Bullock
Lot Details
A Regency rosewood brass inlaid and carved giltwood side cabinet, circa 1817
attributed to George Bullock
Of canted outline with Mona marble top and brass greek key inlaid border, above an ebonised frieze with stylised leaf motifs and carved giltwood rosettes, above a bank of seven drawers with turned ebony and carved petal handles within carved parcel-gilt columns, the sides with a pair of panel doors with navette and circular gilt-brass grilles, enclosing two shaped shelves raised on a platform base and carved parcel-gilt feet. 156cm wide x 57cm deep x 89cm high, (61" wide x 22" deep x 35" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: A deceased estate in Angus, north east Scotland.

    George Bullock had several well documented commissions in Scotland. His eminent patrons included The 4th Duke of Atholl, The Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Sir William Chambers and Sir Walter Scott.

    The present cabinet has several characteristics that feature on documented Bullock commissions, including the use of a Mona marble top, slightly recessed, to expose brass inlay to the edge. The ebony handles with carved foliate fronts and the gilt-brass grilles with interwoven circles and navette forms.

    However there are two commissions to which it can be most usefully compared, namely furniture for the 4th Duke of Atholl between 1814-1819, and a suite of furniture commissioned by The Prince Regent for the furnishing of New Longwood House on St. Helena where Napoleon Bonaparte was held captive until his death.

    The distinctive canted front form was used by Bullock for a small cabinet to be used in the Drawing Room at New Longwood House. While the inlay on the frieze of our cabinet relates both to the inlay on the top of a tripod table supplied to The Duke of Atholl in 1814 (1) and and a tripod table supplied by Bullock for the Drawing room at Longwood House in 1815 (2).

    The columns on the present cabinet do not have the rich mounts of the pair of cabinets supplied to the Duke of Atholl in 1819 (3), their prominence within the design of the piece is a comparable reference, as is the use of repeating Greek key inlay, that again features in the Blair Castle commission, this time on the base of a specimen topped table, (4).

    See George Bullock: Cabinet Maker, with introduction by Clive Wainwright
    Published by John Murray Ltd. in association with Blairman and Sons Ltd.,1988

    (1) Illustration of bog oak tripod table for the 4th Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle p67
    (2) Illustration of laburnum tripod table for the drawing room of New Longwood House p100
    (3) Illustrations of pair of larchwood cabinets supplied to the 4th Duke of Atholl, p68 and 69.
    (4) Illustration of ebonised and specimen cabinet supplied to the 4th Duke of Atholl in 1814, p67
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